The Haber-Weiss reaction – The latest revival

Milos R. Filipovic, Willem H. Koppenol
  • Free Radical Biology and Medicine, December 2019, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.09.017

Superoxide does not react with hydrogen peroxide.

What is it about?

In water, superoxide does not react with hydrogen peroxide. Yet, time and time again this reaction is invoked to account for the hydroxyl radical, or, in this case, singlet dioxygen

Why is it important?

As to the timely part, I predicted in 2001 that the Haber Weiss reaction would resurface in 2018.


Professor Willem H. Koppenol
Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology (ETH)

It should not have been necessary to write this paper.

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