The base catalysed hydrolysis of methyl paraben, a test reaction for flow microcalorimeters used for determination of both kinetic and thermodynamic parameters

M. A. A. O'Neill, A. E. Beezer, C. Labetoulle, L. Nicolaides, J. C. Mitchell, J. A. Orchard, J. A. Connor, Richard Bernard Kemp, D. Olomolaiye

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Abstract

The results of an inter/intra-laboratory study into a test and reference reaction for isothermal microcalorimeters, the imidazole catalysed hydrolysis of triacetin, have been reported in a recent paper [Thermochim. Acta 380 (2001) 13]. The results and conclusions drawn from this study have been extended to a consideration of the need for a similar test and reference reaction for isothermal microcalorimeters operating in flow mode. This paper reports the findings of a preliminary inter/intra-laboratory study of the base catalysed hydrolysis of methyl 4-hydroxy benzoate (methyl paraben) and its suitability as a test and reference reaction. The derived values for the hydrolysis reaction were (3.15±0.11)×10−4 s−1 and −50.5±4.3 kJ mol−1 for the rate constant and enthalpy, respectively. It is also reported how such a test and reference reaction can be used to validate the thermal output from a LKB 10-700-1 and Thermometric Thermal Activity Monitor (TAM) 2277-202 flow microcalorimeters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalThermochimica Acta
Volume399
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2003

Keywords

  • test and reference reaction
  • flow microcalorimetry
  • methyl paraben
  • triacetin

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