Alternative Kinetic Model of the Iodide-Iodate Reaction for Its Use in Micromixing Investigations

Arturo N. Manzano Martĺnez, A. Sander Haase, Melissa Assirelli, John van der Schaaf (Corresponding author)

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The Villermaux-Dushman method, one of the most extensively used test reaction systems for micromixing characterization, has been widely criticized for years due to uncertainties regarding the incomplete dissociation of sulfuric acid and the proposed kinetic study by Guichardon et al. In this work, a renewed study of the kinetics of the iodide-iodate reaction is presented, using perchloric acid to avoid issues concerning incomplete acid dissociation. The experimental results are in good agreement with the fifth-order rate law for the iodide-iodate reaction. The reaction rate coefficient strongly depends on the ionic strength and can be modeled with a Davies-like equation. When implemented in the incorporation model, the kinetic model presented in this study can be used to estimate micromixing times that are in line with the theoretical engulfment time. This is observed in two different reactors with low and high intensities of mixing: an unbaffled stirred vessel and a rotor-stator spinning disk reactor. The results from the latter are also compared with the second Bourne reaction, giving very similar micromixing times. The kinetic model presented in this study in combination with strong monoprotic acids is suggested as an alternative to characterize micromixing behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21359–21370
Number of pages12
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2020


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