Reaction rate

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Reaction rate

Reaction rate

    A. Definition:

    amount of reactant reacted Reaction rate = time interval

    [tan]react = limt0t

    dreact[tan] = dt

    amount of product producedReaction rate = time interval

    []product = limt0t

    dproduct[] = dt

     2;;e.g. 2HaqSOaqHOlSsSOg()()()()();?,?;;2322;dH[]31+reaction rate = mol dm s of H consuming dt2dSO[]23231reaction rate = mol dm s of consuming SO23dt

    dP[]SO21reaction rate = Pa s of SO forming 2dt

    dms1reaction rate = g s of S forming dt

    Consider the following reaction:

     2 A + B ?, AB 2

    dAB[]dA[][]dB2 ;?;?22dtdtdt

    dAB[]1dA[][]dB2 ;?;?2dtdtdt

    This is important to specify which species is taken in the rate expression, since the rate can be different for different species. Ususally the rate of the reaction is defined as follow:

    1Reaction rate = rate of change of [A] 2

     = rate of change of [B]

     = rate of change of [AB] 2

B. Collision theory:

    1. The reaction occurs when particles collide. 2. The more the collisions, the faster the reaction is. 3. In order to occur a reaction, the molecules need a minimum energy (activation energy/threshold energy), below which a

    collision cannot be successful, particles bounce apart again without reacting.

    4. Increasing temperature increases the kinetic energy of particles.

    This causes

    (i) collision would be more frequent;

    (ii) more particles have an energy higher than the activation energy.

    Number of collision with energy higher than Ea EaRT= Total number of collision ~e

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C. Factors affecting the reaction rate:

    1. concentration

    2. temperature

    3. pressure (for gas only)

    4. surface area (for solid only)

    5. catalyst

    6. light

D. Concentration effect

    Incresaing concentration means crowding of particles and decreasing the distance of collision.

    concentration collision frequency reaction rate

    1. Rate equation (rate law):

    Ex. In the kinetic study of the following reaction:

     (g) ?, CO (g) + NO (g) CO (g) + NO22

    the initial concentrations of the reactants and the initial reaction rates are determined in a number of experiments. 333 1Experiment Initial [CO] mol dm Initial [NO] mol dm Initial rate mol dms 2

    1 0.10 0.10 0.015

    2 0.20 0.10 0.030

    3 0.40 0.10 0.060

    4 0.10 0.20 0.030

    5 0.10 0.30 0.045

    From experiment 1, 2 and 3, reaction rate ? [CO]

    From experiment 1, 4 and 5, reaction rate ? [NO] 2

     reaction rate ? [CO] [NO] 2

    dNO[] reaction rate = = k[CO] [NO] 2dt311 where k is called the rate constant, its unit is dm mol sin this experiment;

     and the above expression is called the rate equation (rate law) of the reaction;

    the rate order of the reaction is 2.

    (a) First order reaction (Unimolecular reaction):

    For the elementary step: A (g) ?, X (g)

    dA[] ;?kA[]dt

    []AtdA[] ?;kdt(([]A0o[]A

     ln[A] ln[A] = kt o

     Rate ln[A]

     [A] Time

     slope = k slope = k

     Examples of the (a) First order reaction:

     CH CH33

     CH?C?Cl + OH ?, CH?C?OH + Cl S1 33N

     CHCH 3 3

     rate = k [(CH)CCl] 332262224 RaRnHe?,?;88862

     rate = k [Ra]

    Half-life : The time taken for half of the reactant to be converted to the product. t1


    For radioactive decay is known as first order reaction.

    Assume t = 0 Initial concentration = [A] 0

    1 t = concentration = [A] t0122

    Rate equation for the first order reaction : ln[A] ln[A] = kt o

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    1 ln[A]= k ln[A]to0 122

     ln 2 = k t1


    ln.20693 = t1kk2

(b) Second order reaction (Bimolecular reaction):

    For the elementary step: 2 A (g) ?, X (g)

    dA[]2 ;?kA[]dt

    []AtdA[] ?;kdt((2[]A0o[]A

    11 ;?kt[][]AA01Rate [A]

     2 [A] Time

     slope = k slope = k Examples of the second order reaction: CH?Cl + OH ?, CH?OH + Cl S2 33N rate = k [CH?Cl][ OH] 3

     2 NO ?, 2 NO + O 222 rate = k [NO] 2

     (c) Zeroth order reaction:

    For the elementary step: A (g) ?, X (g)

    dA[]0 ;?kA[]dt[]At []Akdt?;(([]A0o

     [A] [A] = kt 0

    Rate [A]

     [A] Time

     slope = 0 slope = k Example of the Zeroth order reaction: Reaction involves solid catalyst.

     2 HI ?, H + I22

     rate = k

    Technique to determine the rate order: (a) Method of initial rate: 2;;Disappearance the cross in the reaction SOaqHaqHOlSOgSs()()()()();?,2?;;2322Decolorization of methyl red in the reaction

    ;;; 5633BraqBrOaqHaqBraqHOl()()()()();;?,?;322

    (b) Method of excess reactant:

    Refer the experiment in TAS to find the rate order of the reaction.

     CHCOCH (aq) + I (aq) ?, CHCOCHI (aq) + HI (aq) 33232

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    (c) Plotting a graph of log(rate) against log [A] log (1/time)

    For a reaction: A + B ?, X + Y

     By means of initial rate method, let [B] >> [A] n Assume rate = k [A]

     log (rate) = log k + n log [A]

     Slope = n

     Intercept = log k

     log [A]

2. Reaction mechanism:

    Reaction mechanism is the term used to describe the detailed step by step pathway of chemical reactions by which reactants

    are converted to products.

    Consider the following typical mechanism. To begin with, consider the relatively simple reaction of nitrogen oxide with

    hydrogen to give nitrogen and water. The reaction is

     2 NO (g) + 2 H (g) ?, N (g) + 2 HO (g) 222

    The rate is found experimentally as follow:

    dNO[]2 ;?kNOH[][]2dt

    The stoichiometry is not the same as the molecularity of the reaction. It can be explained by the following mechanism.

    (1) 2 NO (g) + H (g) ?, N (g) + HO (g) (slow) 2222

    (2) HO (g) + H (g) ?, 2 HO (g) (fast) 2222

    Overall: 2 NO (g) + 2 H (g) ?, N (g) + 2 HO (g) 222

    The overall reaction rate is determined by the slowest step (1) is called the rate-determining step.

    dNO[]2Reaction rate = ;?kNOH[][]2dt

     Activated complex I


     Activated complex II


     Ea 2

     N (g) + HO (g) + H (g) 2222


     2 NO (g) + H (g) H 2

     N (g) + 2 HO (g) 22

     Reaction Profile

Ex. Consider the reaction A (g) + B (g) ?, AB (g) + B (g) 2

    Experimental findings show that the rate of formation of AB is proportional to the concentration of B and the 2

    concentration of a certain substance C but does not vary with the concentration of A.

    (a) Deduce the rate law for this reaction.

    (b) Suggest the reaction mechanism for this reaction.

    (c) What might be the function of C? Why is it not written in the overall equation?

    Difference between activated complex and intermediate: Activated complex Intermediate

    It is meta-stable. It is very unstable.

    It may be isolated. It cannot be isolated.

    Its structure may be deduced. Its structure is usually unkown.

E. Pressure effect (for gas only)

    Pressure Collision frequency Reaction rate

F. Surface area effect (for solid only)

    Surface area Collision frequency Reaction rate

G. Temperature effect

    (1) Temperature Kinetic energy Collision frequency

    (2) Temperature Kinetic energy Number of particles have energy higher than Ea,

    the collisions are more effective. Arrhenius equation:

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    EaRT kAe

     where k is the rate constant of a rate equation,

    Ea is the activation energy of the reaction, 11R is the gas constant (8.314 J mol K),

    T is the absolute temperature.

    e = 2.7183

    EaAltermative form I: lnlnkA?;RT

    The activation energy of a reaction can be determined by plotting a graph of ln(rate) against 1/T.


    Ea slope?;R

    Ea= R(slope)

    Alternative form II: 1/T

    Ea At temperature T: ???????????????????????????(1) lnlnkA?;11RT1

    Ea At temperature T: ???????????????????????????(2) lnlnkA?;22RT2

    kE111a (1)-(2): ln()()?;;kRTT212


    Raising 10C of temperature, the reaction rate becomes nearly double for most chemical reactions. T

    10 (By approximation) kk?~221

    where k is the rate constant at TC, 22

     k is the rate constant at TC, 11

     T = T T 21

*Arrhenius equation: EaRT kzpe

H. Catalyst effect

    Catalyst gives an alternative pathway requiring less (more) activation energy in a reaction.


     with negative catalyst

     (activated complex) without catalyst

     with positive catalyst



     Reaction Coordinate

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     Definition of Catalyst:

    A substance, which is unchanged chemically at the end of the reaction, but changes the rate of a reaction. Kinds of catalysts:

    (a) Positive catalyst: the catalyst increases the reaction rate, e.g. manganese(IV) oxide for hydrogen peroixde. (b) Negative catalyst: the catalyst decreases the reaction rate, e.g. preservatives to prevent spoilage, vitamin C for fruit


Characteristic of catalyst:

    (a) Rate changed depends on the amount of the catalyst.

    (b) It is selective to a special reaction.

    (c) Mass and chemical properties do not change, but physical appearance may be changed. (d) Small amounts of a certain impurities may oison” a catalyst. Usually reactants must be purified before using a expensive catalyst, e.g. arsenic oxide for platinum in contact process.

    (e) Many catalysts are transition metals, e.g. iron for Haber process, nickel for preparation of Town gas from naptha. (f) There are two types of catalysts:

    (i) homogeneous catalyst (same physical state with all reactants)

    e.g. sulphuric acid is a homogeneous catalyst in esterification.

    COOH (l) + HOCHCH (l) ?, CHCOOCHCH (l) + HO (l) CH3233232

    the catalyst and all reactants have the same physical state.

    (ii) heterogeneous catalyst (different physical states with one of reactant)

    e.g. nickel is a heterogeneous catalyst in the hydrogenation of alkene.

     HC=CH (g) + HH (g) ?, CHCH (g) 2233

    Reactants are gaseous but catalyst is a solid.

    (g) Enzyme is an organic catalyst in living cells.

Reaction mechanism of catalytic effect:

    (a) Homogeneous catalyst: (Intermediate Formation)

    Consider the decomposition of methanoic acid:

     HCOOH (aq) ?, HO (l) + CO (g) 2

    The reaction is a simple reaction which has one elementary step only, its energy diagram is shown as following.

     rate = k[HCOOH] ???????a standard first order reaction

    Consider the decomposition of methanoic acid with hydrogen ion as catalyst:

    Reaction rate / page 6

     The catalysed reaction involves the following mechanism:


    ?fast;;COHCOOHHH;;[]H Step 1: (K




    slow;;CO[][]H;?,HHCOHO??;?;Step 2: 2k1


    fast;;Step 3: []HCOCOH;??,??;k2;HOverall: HCOOHCOHO?,?;2

    Rate equation:

    From step 1: Forward reaction rate = Backward reaction rate + Forward reaction rate = k[HCOOH][H] 11+ Backward reaction rate = k[HCOOH] 112++ k[HCOOH][H] = k[HCOOH] 11112;kHCOOH[]112 K??;kHCOOHH[][]11;; [][][]HCOOHKHCOOHH2;Step 2 is the rate determining step, the overall reaction rate = kHCOOH[]12;= kKHCOOHH[][]1+The reaction rate involves [H] though it is used as a catalyst.

    (b) Heterogeneous catalyst: (Adsorption mechanism) Consider the contact process: Pt 2 SO (g) + O (g) ?,? 2 SO (g) 223

     O=O O O

     O=S ?O O S ? O

     Activated site

The reaction involves that the solid catalyst absorbs the reactants SO and O on its surface. If the number of activated sites is 22

    limited compared with [SO] and [O], the The reaction rate depends on the number of activated sites on the surface of the 22

    solid catalyst.

    ~ rate = k[activated sites]

    = k

    The reaction becomes zero order with respect to the concentration of reactants.


    Light is a form of energy. If the wavelength of the light is appropriate, it may cause the breaking of bonds in the original

    molecules such that the reaction may then take place quickly. indark..e.g. H (g) + Cl (g) ?,?? no observable change 22h?,?H (g) + Cl (g) 2 HCl (g) explosion 22

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