1965 Volume 38 Issue 10 Pages 1596-1600
1) The oxidation of sulfur with compressed oxygen proceeds through the following sequence of steps: (a) The disproportionation of sulfur to both pentasulfide and thiosulfate. (b) The oxidation of pentasulfide to thiosulfate. (c) The oxidation of thiosulfate to sulfate and sulfamate through a series of complicated intermediates.
2) Sulfamate forms only in the decomposition of trithionate.
3) The over-all reaction of the oxidation is prompted by a rise in the temperature, an increase in the ammonia concentration, and the addition of transition metal ions, especially-copper ions.
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