The kinetics of oxidation of l-ascorbic acid (H2A) by peroxomonophosphate in acid aqueous medium has been studied. The stoichiometry of the reaction corresponds to the reaction as represented by the equation

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where A is dehydroascorbic acid. The reaction is second order versus first order with respect to each reactant. The rate is retarded by hydrogen ion concentration. A plausible reaction mechanism has been suggested. The derived rate law (2) from such a mechanism accounts for all experimental observations:

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Such pH dependence is somewhat different from that observed in the case of metal ion oxidants. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Chem Kinet 45: 41–16, 2013