C G Ramachandran Nair
Articles written in Proceedings – Section A
Volume 55 Issue 3 March 1962 pp 168-173
Elemental sulphur dissolved in organic solvents (such as chloroform, carbon tetrachloride and benzene) reacts rapidly and quantitatively, with aqueous alkali at room temperature, when this immiscible liquid mixture is homogenized by the addition of ethyl alcohol. The products of reaction under these experimental conditions are sulphide, thiosulphate and a small quantity of sulphite. A mechanism involving the intermediate formation and decomposition of dihydrogen sulphoxide, HSOH, is suggested for the reaction.
Volume 56 Issue 3 September 1962 pp 130-140
The hydrolytic reactions of esters and amides of thiosulphurous acid are investigated in a homogeneous medium. The esters are hydrolysed by alkali to give sulphide, sulphite and thiosulphate whereas the amides are resistant towards alkali. Both the esters and amides are hydrolysed by acids giving hydrogen sulphide, sulphur dioxide, polythionates and elemental sulphur. The hydrolysis of these esters and amides in presence of sulphurous acid and thiosulphuric acid gives tetrathionate and hexathionate, respectively.