Abstract:The influence of water on the halogen-hydrogen combinations is discussed. Reasons are advanced for the hypothesis that the primary chemical reaction takes place between halogen atoms and hydrogen. Halogen molecules excited either by light in the visible portion of the spectrum or by thermal collision do not dissociate into atoms except on collision with water molecules. While dissociation does not affect the thermal decomposition of hydrogen iodide, the thermal and photochemical union of hydrogen and bromine a… Show more
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