BH4--Promoted, Radical-Initiated, Catalytic Oxidation of (CH3)2SO by N2O in Aqueous Solution

Rinat Levy Yanus, Guy Yardeni, Eric Maimon, Magal Saphier, Israel Zilbermann, Dan Meyerstein

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Methyl radicals react with BH4- to form BH3·-/BH4· (k ≈ 5 × 103 M-1 s-1. BH3·-/BH4· reacts with N2O to form OH· radicals, which react with (CH3)2SO to form methyl radicals and thus initiate a chain oxidation process. It is suggested that analogous reactions can be initiated by the reaction of OH· radicals with other organic substrates. Thus, BH4- promotes oxidation processes. Methyl radicals react with borohydride ions to form BH3·-/BH4· which reacts with N2O forming hydroxyl radicals, thus initiating a chain oxidation process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1161-1164
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Boron
  • Hydrides
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Oxidation
  • Radical reactions
  • Radicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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