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CTAB Reverse Micelles as Catalysts for the Oxidation of Ascorbic Acid by K3[Fe(CN)6]

1Department of Physical and Nuclear Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography, School of Chemistry, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, AP, India

2Department of Chemistry, Gayathri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering (Autonomous), Madhurawada, Visakhapatna, AP, India

Received: 11 Nov 2021; Revised: 4 Jan 2022; Accepted: 5 Jan 2022; Available online: 7 Jan 2022; Published: 30 Mar 2022.
Editor(s): Istadi Istadi
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The oxidation of ascorbic acid by K3[Fe(CN)6] was studied in reverse micellar systems composed of CTAB (Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide), and it was found  the observed first order  (k1(aq) = 5.2×105 s1, k1(rev) = 61.4×104 s1) rate constant in reverse micellar medium is around forty times higher compared to aqueous medium under identical conditions. The rate enhancement (k2(aq) = 0.9×105 mole1.dm3.sec1, k2(rev) = 1.75×103 mole1.dm3.sec1)  is attributed to the large concentration effect and lower dielectric constant in the reverse micelles. The rate of the reaction increases with increase in W = {[H2O]/[surfactant]} which is explained in terms of ionic strength of the water pool. The effect of surfactant concentration on rate was explained on the basis of Berezin pseudo phase model. Copyright © 2021 by Authors, Published by BCREC Group. This is an open access article under the CC BY-SA License (


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Keywords: Ascorbic acid; [K3Fe(CN)6]; CTAB (Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide); dielectric constant; reverse micelles.
Funding: Ministry of Earth Sciences (MOES), National Center for Coastal Research (NCCR), India - under major project No.MOES/ICMAM-PD/Supply. Order/81/2017

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