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Revisiting the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with vicinal diols in water

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Bernard Golding


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The carbonyl products of the reactions of hydroxyl radicals with three vicinal diols (ethane-1,2-diol, propane-1,2-diol and butane-2,3-diol) have been identified and quantified. Hydroxyl radicals were produced by gamma-radiolysis of N2O-saturated aqueous solutions. The reactions result in the formation of alkoxyl radicals (similar to 15%) followed by beta-fragmentation, and alpha-hydroxyl alkyl radicals that undergo H2O elimination. The latter process is part of a radical chain reaction at higher diol concentrations.

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Author(s): Jiang D, Barata-Vallejo S, Golding BT, Ferreri C, Chatgilialoglu C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

Year: 2012

Volume: 10

Issue: 5

Pages: 1102-1107

Print publication date: 27/10/2011

ISSN (print): 1477-0520

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0539

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/c1ob06538f


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