Ascorbic Acid Oxidation in Sucrose Aqueous Model Systems at Subzero Temperatures

Abstract : The reduction of Tempol by ascorbic acid in concentrated sucrose solutions was measured by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at temperatures ranging from 16 to -16 degrees C. This method allowed the determination of the rate constants (k) of this fast reaction, by recording the Tempol reduction as a function of time. The two reactants were initially separated and had to migrate for the reaction to occur. The experimental findings were compared with predicted values according to the equation for diffusion-controlled reaction proposed by Atkins. The experimental reaction rate constants were observed to be lower than the calculated ones. However, the experimental values were found to be controlled by the temperature and viscosity changes of the reaction media, as expected for a diffusion-controlled reaction.
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Dominique Champion, Denise Simatos, Eleni Kalogianni, Philippe Cayot, Martine Le Meste. Ascorbic Acid Oxidation in Sucrose Aqueous Model Systems at Subzero Temperatures. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2004, 52 (11), pp.3399-3404. ⟨10.1021/jf035184q⟩. ⟨hal-02303209⟩

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