Oxidation of Potassium

  1. Oxidation:

    Is there any reason for Potassium to react with excess oxygen to give a superoxide, not simple or pero-?

    Gary
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Potassium superoxide does indeed exist and has been used daringly as an organic reagent. Particularly in Kishi's monensin synthesis.

    Or are you asking how it's made?
     
  4. No, I just want to know whether there is any particular reason that potassium is oxidised to give potassium superoxide, not potassium peroxide / potassium simple oxide, in ecess oxygen.

    Gary
     
  5. can someone give an answer please?
     
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