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Nature of the Product condensed at Low Temperatures from Dissociated Peroxide Vapour

Nature volume 180, pages 752753 (12 October 1957) | Download Citation

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THE products condensed at low temperatures from dissociated water or hydrogen peroxide vapour, and also from the H + O2 reaction, have been the subject of frequent investigation. When warmed near − 120° C., these products invariably transform from glassy to crystalline deposits, simultaneously evolving oxygen, and at room temperature water and hydrogen peroxide remain. The hypothesis, however, that this behaviour arises from the existence of an isomer of hydrogen peroxide1 or an equivalent ‘complex’2,3 stable only at low temperatures has recently lost ground in favour of one based on the existence of trapped radicals4–6 in the matrix of amorphous ice.

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  1. Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Bristol.

    • R. L. ALLEN
    •  & F. S. STONE

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