Is the mixing of store-grade hydrogen peroxide 3% and glycerol in the ratio of 1:2 (V/V) at room temperature affecting the decomposition rate of hydrogen peroxide?


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If you want to ruin both reagents, then you can go ahead and mix them. Hydrogen peroxide oxidizes glycerol to various reagents. A possible reaction pathway can be depicted as follows (Ref.1):

Oxidation of Glycerol

This reaction is catalyzed by transition metals and other substances (Ref.1-3).


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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, interesting, I would not think oxidation stops at formic and oxalic acid. $\endgroup$
    – Poutnik
    Jun 11, 2021 at 7:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Poutnik: I was surprized too. But this is s peer-reviewed papar so put my trust on the work. :-) $\endgroup$ Jun 11, 2021 at 14:20

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