Turkish Journal of Chemistry




The kinetics of oxidation of pyridylmethylsulphinylbenzimidazole [PMSB] by Ce(IV) in an aqueous perchloric acid medium at a constant ionic strength of 1.50 mol dm^{-3} were studied spectrophotometrically. The reaction showed first order kinetics with respect to Ce(IV) concentration and an apparent less than unit order dependence in [PMSB] and a zero order in [H^+]. The initial addition of products has no significant effect on the rate of the reaction. A possible mechanism is proposed here. The reaction constants involved in the mechanism have been computed. There is good agreement between the observed and calculated rate constants under different experimental conditions. The activation parameters were calculated and discussed with respect to the slow step of the proposed mechanism.

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