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Haber–Weiss reaction

The Haber–Weiss cycle consists of the following two reactions:
H2O2 + OH.-->H2O + O2 + H+ and
H2O2 + O2-->O2 + OH + OH.
The second reaction achieved notoriety as a possible source of hydroxyl radicals. However, it has a negligible rate constant. It is believed that iron(III) complexes can catalyse this reaction: first, Fe(III) is reduced by superoxide, followed by oxidation by dihydrogen peroxide.
See also: Fenton reaction
PAC, 1997, 69, 1251 (Glossary of terms used in bioinorganic chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1997)) on page 1277
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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