Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Online ISSN : 1348-0634
Print ISSN : 0009-2673
ISSN-L : 0009-2673
Prediction of Product-Selectivity in an Electroorganic Process by Mathematical Modeling of Reaction Mechanism. A Rotating Cylinder Electrode System
Po-Chung ChengTsutomu NonakaTse-Chuan Chou
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1991 Volume 64 Issue 6 Pages 1911-1915


A mathematical mechanism model is developed for the electroreduction of carbonyl compounds in an acidic solution and shows that the formation ratio of hydrodimeric to hydromonomeric products, i.e. the product-selectivity, depends on substrate concentration, mass transfer coefficient and current density. Model calculations are in agreement with experimental results from the electroreduction of p-methylbenzaldehyde using a rotating cylinder cathode and explain a drastic effect of mass transport on the product-selectivity.

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