The reaction kinetics of eight amino-carboxylate complexes of Fe(III) and Mn(II) with carbonate radical anion were studied using the pulse radiolysis method and UV-vis spectroscopy. Difference spectra revealed the formation of Fe(IV) and Mn(III) after reaction with CO3 •−. Spectral measurements revealed the first step to be the coordination of carbonate to the metal center. All of these led to the conclusion that the role of coordinated carbonate is essential to the electron transfer process by carbonate radical anion.
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- pulse radiolysis