Oxygen measurement via phosphorescence: reaction of sodium dithionite with dissolved oxygen

Zhimin Tao, Jerry Goodisman, Abdul Kader Souid

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A homemade instrument for the measurement of oxygen concentration in aqueous solutions measures the decay rate of the phosphorescence of a Pd-porphyrin complex (phosphor) dissolved in the solution, which is flashed every 0.1 s with 630 nm light. The concentration of O2 is a linear function of the decay rate. The instrument is used to study the reaction of dithionite (S2O42-) with O2 at 25°C and 37°C. It is found that the ratio of dithionite to oxygen consumed in the reaction is 1.2 ± 0.2 at 25°C and 1.7 ± 0.1 at 37°C, suggesting a temperature-dependent stoichiometry. At both temperatures, the initial rate of O2 consumption, -d[O 2]/dt, is found to be 1/2 order in S2O4 2- and first order in O2. This finding is consistent with a previously proposed mechanism: S2O42- ↔ 2SO2- comes to a rapid equilibrium, and SO 2- reacts with O2 in the rate-determining step.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1511-1518
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 21 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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