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Abstract Volume 16 (2011) pp 202-205

Steel Wool Rusting in Pure Oxygen Atmosphere: A Simple Kinetic Experiment

Nataša Stavrevska, Vladimir M. Petruševski* and Vladimir Ivanovski

Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Arhimedova 5, PO Box 162, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia,
Received May 12, 2011. Accepted July 16, 2011.

Published: 19 July 2011

Abstract. Under isothermal condition the rusting of steel wool (catalyzed by rinsing in saturated aqueous solution of ammonium chloride) follows, almost ideally, a zeroth order kinetics.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; physical chemistry; steel wool; oxygen; rusting; marathon experiments; 0th order kinetics

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