Photosensitized oxidation of bromide to bromine catalyzed by niobium pentachloride in methanol solution - Formation and crystal structure of the tetraphenylphosphonium tribromide

Adamantia Maniatakou, Simon Parsons, Alexandra Karaliota

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This article examines the photoproduction of bromine by UV-vis light irradiation in the presence of niobium pentachloride in methanol media, under aerobic conditions. The reaction of tetraphenylphosphonium bromide with niobium pentachloride in methanol, thus, produced the corresponding tribromide. X-ray studies were performed on the tribromide compound to confirm the oxidation reaction. To our knowledge, the homogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of halogen ions when niobium pentachloride is photosensitized is the first example of the photocatalytic properties of this reagent. The photo-oxidation of the halogen ions was carried out under several conditions. The nearly linear oxo-bridges seem to favour this photocatalytic action. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2007

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