Reduction of trichloroethylene by outer-sphere electron-transfer agents

Angela D. Follett, Kristopher McNeill

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A series of well-characterized outer-sphere electron-transfer agents were used to study the reduction of trichloroethylene (TCE). Through comparison of the final product ratios of cis-dichloroethylene (cDCE) to trans-dichloroethylene (tDCE) of the outer-sphere reductants to that observed for vitamin B12, it was found that an outer-sphere electron-transfer mechanism is not the likely major pathway in the reduction of TCE by B12. The results provide kinetic support for a two-step reduction mechanism by outer-sphere reductants that involves both vinyl radicals and vinyl anions. The results suggest that the [cDCE]:[tDCE] ratio can be used as a diagnostic for the mechanism of TCE reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-845
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 26 2005


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