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Lead Corrosion and Oil Oxidation


THE reaction between metallic lead and hydrocarbon peroxides has been extensively studied1–5 but always from the standpoint of what happens to the lead. Little attention has been given to the way this reaction can alter the subsequent oxidation reactions of the hydrocarbons. We show that when lead is corroded by the oxidizing hydrocarbon, the oxidation chain reaction is stopped as effectively as if a classical oxidation inhibitor was present. In this respect, lead seems to be unique among metals. Other metals such as copper, iron or aluminium tend to catalyse the oxidation reaction; lead inhibits it.


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APPELDOORN, J., PACOR, P. & RIDDEI, V. Lead Corrosion and Oil Oxidation. Nature 239, 451 (1972).

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