Reaction Mechanism of Oxidation-Reduction Processes


CERTAIN considerations introduced by Franck and Haber1, Haber and Willstätter2 and Haber and Weiss3 can be developed to give a simple mechanism for oxidation-reduction processes in solution, which reproduces in all cases investigated the experimental observations, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The relation sometimes observed4 between reaction velocity and electrochemical potential can also be obtained, so that for the first time a comprehensive theoretical treatment becomes possible.

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    Franck, J. and Haber, F., Ber. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 13; 1931.

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    Haber, F. and Willstätter, R., Ber. deut. chem. Ges., 64, 2844; 1931.

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    Haber, F. and Weiss, J., Proc. Roy. Soc., A (in the press). See also Haber and Weiss, Naturwiss., 20, 948; 1932.

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    cf. Conant, J. B., Chem. Rev., 3, 1; 1927. Michaelis, L. and Smythe, C. V., J. Biol. Chem., 94, 329; 1932.

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    cf. Warburg, O., Biochem. Z., 266, 1, 377; 1933. Kuhn, R. and Wagner-Jauregg, T., Ber. deut. chem. Ges., 67, 361; 1934.

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    cf. La Mer, V., and Rideal, E. K., J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 46, 223; 1924.

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    Barron, E. S. G., J. Biol. Chem., 97, 287; 1932.

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    cf. Barron, loc. cit.

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    cf. Reid, A., Ber. deut. chem. Ges., 63, 1920; 1930.

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    La Mer, V. and Temple, T. W., Proc. Acad. Sci., 15, 191; 1929.

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    Dimroth, O., Z. angew. Chem., 46, 571; 1933. See also Conant, loc. cit.

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