Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

First Advisor

Howard S. Kimmel

Second Advisor

Donald G. Lambert

Third Advisor

Angelo J. Perna


The stoichiometry and the kinetics of the reactions of KMnO4 in KCl and KIO4 in KCl were studied. The kinetics of the reactions were studied at three different temperatures to obtain the thermodynamic parameters. In addition, these reactions were studied in KBr and RbI matrices. The data was obtained using infrared spectrophotometer measurements.

The reactions all appeared to be first order with respect to the permanganate ion. The stoichiometric studies indicate that the Mn4- is converted to Mn++ and the Mn++ ion apparently catalyzes the reduction of KI4. The results indicate the reaction is slower in potassium halide matrices than in aqueous media, and that the reaction products depend upon the media.



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