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Oxidation of Ethyl Alcohol by a Mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and Ferric Salts


IT was recently found that the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by ferric ions, and by enzymes containing haemin groups follow closely related paths1. This analogy can be extended to the oxidation of ethanol by a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ferric salts. The experimental data of Walton and Christensen2 provide evidence that ethanol is oxidized by the secondary hydrogen peroxide-ferric ion complex. A similar mechanism for peroxidase action was derived by Chance3.

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  1. 1

    Kremer, L. M., and Stein, G., Trans. Farad. Soc., 55, 959 (1959).

  2. 2

    Walton and Christensen, J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 48, 2083 (1926).

  3. 3

    Chance, B., Arch. Biochem. Biophys., 22, 224 (1949).

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