Indirect Electrooxidation of Organic Substrates by Hydrogen Peroxide Generated in an Oxygen Gas-Diffusion Electrode

Russian Academy of Sciences, Moskva, Moscow, Russia
Russian Journal of Electrochemistry (Impact Factor: 0.76). 01/2004; 40(2):148-152. DOI: 10.1023/B:RUEL.0000016327.07214.69


Indirect electrooxidation of phenol, formaldehyde, and maleic acid in cells with and without a cation-exchange membrane, with a platinum anode and a gas-diffusion carbon black cathode, which generates hydrogen peroxide from molecular oxygen, proceeds with high efficiency and various oxidation depths, which depend on the intermediate nature: the process involving HO
occurs selectively and yields target products, while the formation of HO2
and HO leads to the destruction of organic compounds to CO2 and H2O.

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