Rates of water-catalysed reactions in water-deuterium oxide mixtures

B. D. Batts*, V. Gold

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La Mer and Greenspan's measurements (Trans. Faraday Soc., 1937, 33, 1266) on the rate of the water-catalysed decomposition of nitramide and new results on the hydrolysis of acetic anhydride in H2O-D2O mixtures are analysed in terms of the theory of H2O-D2O systems. The results are shown to bear a qualitative resemblance to the thermodynamic isotope effect on the ionic product of water in H2O-D2O mixtures. They can be quantitatively accounted for in terms of transition-state models, consistent with the conclusions of other mechanistic studies, in which there is an incipient charge separation similar to the complete charge-separation in ionised water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)984-987
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society A: Inorganic, Physical, and Theoretical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 1969
Externally publishedYes


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