Modeling chlorite-iodide reaction dynamics using a chlorine dioxide-iodide reaction mechanism.

TitleModeling chlorite-iodide reaction dynamics using a chlorine dioxide-iodide reaction mechanism.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsJowza M, Sattar S, Olsen RJ
JournalJ Phys Chem A
Date Published2005 Mar 10

The mechanism of Lengyel, Li, Kustin, and Epstein (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1996, 118, 3708) for the oscillatory chlorine dioxide-iodide reaction accurately models the reaction in closed and open systems. We investigated whether this mechanism minus the single reaction involving chlorine dioxide models the chlorite-iodide reaction equally well. It agrees qualitatively with clock reaction results. As for open system dynamics, the mechanism predicts the existence of two steady states and bistability in very nearly the same regions where these features are found experimentally in the pH range 2-4. A discrepancy in the range of bistability emerges as pH decreases, and it cannot be remedied by taking into account chlorous acid decomposition. That we were unable to locate an oscillatory region is of greater significance. Because the chlorite-iodide reaction is sensitive to mixing effects, we incorporated a two-parameter model of imperfect mixing but still found no oscillations at physically reasonable parameter values. These discrepancies strongly suggest that to obtain predictive utility for the chlorite-iodide reaction, revision of the chlorine dioxide-iodide mechanism is required.

Alternate JournalJ Phys Chem A
PubMed ID16833519