Oxidation of Potassium

  1. Oxidation:

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

  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.

  5. can someone give an answer please?
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