Different spectroscopic methods have been applied to investigate the chromic acid oxidation of acetaldehyde in aqueous media, catalysed by surfactants. Three representative heteroaromatic nitrogen base promoters, 2-picolinic acid (PA), 2,2’-bipyridine (bpy) and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), have been associated along with surfactants as promoters to the kinetic study. Comparative studies of unpromoted and promoted reactions invoked that 2,2’-bipyridine produced maximum rate enhancement. The mechanism of the reaction path has been proposed with the help of kinetic results and spectroscopic studies. The observed net enhancementof rate effects has been explained with scientific manipulations and data obtained. The combination of TX-100 and1,10-phenanthroline is found to be most effective for acetaldehyde oxidation.
Volume 135, 2023
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