Reduction of CCl4 by iron powder in aqueous solution

Irena Rusonik, Haim Cohen, Dan Meyerstein

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.CCl3 radicals formed in the first step of the CCl4 degradation react with iron powder to form an intermediate with an Fe-C σ bond. In the absence of iron powder, .CCl3 radicals formed by γ-irradiation react with 2-propanol in a chain reaction toward dechlorination. When the irradiated solution contains iron powder, the iron scavenges the .CCl3 radicals, thus inhibiting the chain reaction. The minor product of the dechlorination of CCl4 by iron powder in aqueous solution is CH4, contrary to the results reported in the literature for the electrochemical reduction of CCl4 on iron electrodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1229
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - 8 Apr 2005


  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Iron
  • Mechanism
  • Reduction


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