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Effect of oxygen on aldolisation reactions

Naturevolume 257page303 (1975) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH the kinetics of aldolisation reactions have been studied1,2, no observations have been reported concerning the effect of oxygen on their rates and kinetics. We have studied polarographically the aldolisation of acetaldehyde in 1 M lithium hydroxide in the absence of oxygen and spectrophotometrically in the presence of air using absorbance at 230 and 277 nm. A difference in the concentration–time curves obtained using these two procedures was observed.

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  1. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

    • D. BARNES
  2. Department of Chemistry, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, New York, 13676

    • P. ZUMAN


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