Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
DDT (Insecticide)--Reactivity; Oxidation-reduction reaction;
Due to their low water solubility, the reduction potentials of DDT and dicofol are difficult to determine experimentally. Through computational methods, we calculated the one and two electron reduction potentials for DDT as 0.51 V and 0.67 V, respectively, and those for dicofol were 0.50 V and 0.74 V. This study is significant because we are able to calculate reliable redox potentials that may be utilized to predict chemical behavior and degradation pathways of environmental pollutants. To assess the accuracy of theoretical chemistry, we compared experimental and computational data and examined whether our calculated redox potentials fit with the known redox behavior of DDT.
Date of Award
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©2003 - Anne Lewis, Christopher Cramer, John Bumpus
Lewis, Anne; Cramer, Christopher; and Bumpus, John, "The redox potential of DDT: An environmental perspective" (2003). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 19.