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1Author    Ralf Steudel, Thomas Göbel, Gabriele HoldtRequires cookie*
 Title    The Molecular Composition of Hydrophilic Sulfur Sols Prepared by Acid Decomposition of Thiosulfate [1]  
 Abstract    Hydrophilic sulfur sols prepared from sodium thiosulfate and concentrated sulfuric acid and purified by repeated NaCl precipitation and peptization in water have been studied by chemical analysis, vibrational spectroscopy, ion-pair chromatography and reversed-phase HPLC. The composition of the sol is Na 164 S 28 . 6 0 6 • 5.9In S" • 1.0 NaCl. The elemental sulfur S" (n = 6-14; mainly S 8) accounts for 17% the total sulfur; 83% of the S are present as long-chain polythionates which form micelles in which the S" molecules are dissolved. On aging of the sol at 20 °C the polythionate micelles decompose to give water-soluble short-chain polythionates and elemental sulfur which precipitates from the solution. The micelle structure of hydrophilic sulfur sols may serve as a model for the so-called sulfur globules (S°) formed intra-or extracellularly by many sulfur bacteria which oxidize reduced sulfur compounds to S°. — Infrared and Raman spectra of K 2 S m 0 6 (m = 3—6) are reported. The photodecomposition of aqueous tetrathionate yields sulfite, thiosulfate, and polythionates with up to 9 sulfur atoms. 
  Reference    Z. Naturforsch. 43b, 203—218 (1988); received August 3 1987 
  Published    1988 
  Keywords    Sulfur Sol, Polythionates, Elemental Sulfur, Thiosulfate Decomposition, Sulfur Bacteria 
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 Identifier    ZNB-1988-43b-0203 
 Volume    43