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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 23, Number 7
BKCSDE 23(7)
July 20, 2002 

Sonochemical Reaction Mechanism of a Polycyclic Aromatic Sulfur Hydrocarbon in Aqueous Phase
Il-Kyu Kim, Oh-Jin Jung
Calixarene, Ammonium ion, Fluorescence.
Hydroxybenzothiophenes, dihydroxy-benzothiophenes, and benzothiophenedione were identified as inter-mediates of benzothiophene (BT) exposed to ultrasonic irradiation. It is proposed that benzothiophene is oxidized by OH radical to sequentially form hydroxybenzothiophenes, dihydroxybenzothiophenes, and benzothiophenedione. Benzothiophene is decomposed rapidly following pseudo-first-order kinetics in a first-order manner by ultrasonic irradiation in aqueous solution. The toxicity of sonochemically treated solutions was checked by E. coli and a less inhibition in bacterial respiration was observed from the 120-min treated benzothiophene sample than from the untreated benzothiophene sample. Also evolution of carbon dioxide and sulfite was observed during ultrasonic reaction. A pathway for ultrasonic decomposition of benzothiophene in aqueous solution is proposed.
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