Different oxidation mechanisms of Mn<sup>II</sup>(polyphosphate)<sub>n</sub> by the radicals and

<p>The kinetics and mechanisms of the oxidation of and of by the biological relevant radicals and were studied. The rate constants of the oxidations by both radicals are faster for the complexes than for the complexes, though the redox potentials predict the reverse order of reactivity. Surprisingly, the results point out that these two radicals react via different mechanisms. Thus, the increase in the concentration of the ligands decreases the rate constants of the oxidations by , whereas it increases the rate constants of the oxidation by . These results point out that these radicals behave differently though both are inner-sphere oxidants. The plausible mechanisms of reaction of these radicals are discussed.</p>