Oxidation of isoprothiolane by ozone and chlorine: Reaction kinetics and mechanism

Yin Li, Xiaofeng Wang, Hongwei Yang, Xiaomao Wang, Yuefeng Xie

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Isoprothiolane (IPT) was one of the most commonly used pesticides around the world. It was reported to be the highest concentration and frequency of detection of 13 most commonly used pesticides in Mekong Delta recently. The oxidation degradation kinetic of ozone and chlorine with IPT and the identification of the degradation products was investigated in this research. The results showed that both ozone and chlorine oxidized IPT rapidly under typical water treatment condition, and that both reactions followed second order reaction kinetics. The ozone reaction rates exhibited no pH dependence with the rate constant of 247.1 (±11.0) M−1s−1 at 25 °C, whereas chlorine reaction rates increased dramatically with decreasing pH. The rate constant for hypochloric acid was 73.3 (±3.1) M−1s−1 at 25 °C, while the reaction of hypochlorite was negligible. The degradation products by chlorine and ozone were identified by LC-MS/MS and the reaction pathways were proposed. The thioether and the carbon-carbon double bond in IPT were the reactive sites during chlorine and ozone oxidation. The thioether group was oxidized into sulfoxide and further sulfone group, and the carbon-carbon double bone were cleaved to form diisopropyl ester of malonic acid, diisopropyl ester of tartronic acid and diisopropyl ester of ketomalonic acid monohydrate. Compared to ozone reaction, it was more complicated for chlorine reaction, which yielded chlorine substituted, hydroxylated and dithiolane ring-opening products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-525
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Oct 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • General Chemistry
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry


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