Potassium peroxymonosulfate

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Potassium peroxymonosulfate
IUPAC name
Potassium peroxysulfate
Other names
potassium monopersulfate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.030.158
Molar mass 152.2 g/mol (614.76 as triple salt)
Appearance off-white powder
Main hazards Oxidant, Corrosive
Safety data sheet Degussa Caroat MSDS
NFPA 704
Flammability code 0: Will not burn. E.g., water Health code 3: Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury. E.g., chlorine gas Reactivity code 1: Normally stable, but can become unstable at elevated temperatures and pressures. E.g., calcium Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Related compounds
Related compounds
Potassium persulfate
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Potassium peroxymonosulfate (also known as MPS, potassium monopersulfate, and the trade names Caroat and Oxone) is widely used as an oxidizing agent. It is the potassium salt of peroxymonosulfuric acid.

The triple salt 2KHSO5·KHSO4·K2SO4 (know by the tradename Oxone) is a form with higher stablity.[2] The standard electrode potential for this compound is +2.51 V with a half reaction generating the hydrogen sulfate (pH=0).[citation needed]

HSO5 + 2 H+ + 2 e → HSO4 + H2O


MPS is a versatile oxidant. It oxidizes aldehydes to carboxylic acids; in the presence of alcoholic solvents, the esters may be obtained.[3] Internal alkenes may be cleaved to two carboxylic acids (see below), while terminal alkenes may be epoxidized. Thioethers give sulfones, tertiary amines give amine oxides, and phosphines give phosphine oxides.

Illustrative of the oxidation power of this salt is the conversion of an acridine derivative to the corresponding acridine-N-oxide.[4]

Acridine oxidation by oxone, standardized.png

MPS will also oxidize a thioether to a sulfone with 2 equivalents.[5] With one equivalent the reaction converting sulfide to sulfoxide is much faster than that of sulfoxide to sulfone, so the reaction can conveniently be stopped at that stage if so desired.

Oxidation of an oragnic sulfide by oxone.png

MPS can also react with ketones to form dioxiranes, with the synthesis of dimethyldioxirane (DMDO) being representative. These are versatile oxidising agents and may be used for the epoxidation of olefins. In particular, if the starting ketone is chiral then the epoxide may be generated enantioselectively, this forms the basis of the Shi epoxidation.[6]

The Shi epoxidation


Potassium peroxymonosulfate can be used in swimming pools to keep the water clear, thus allowing chlorine in pools to work to sanitize the water rather than clarify the water, resulting in less chlorine needed to keep pools clean.[7] One of the drawbacks of using potassium peroxymonosulfate in pools is it can cause the common DPD #3 water test for combined chlorine to read incorrectly high.[8]


  1. ^ "DuPont MSDS" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Crandall, Jack K.; Shi, Yian; Burke, Christopher P.; Buckley, Benjamin R. (2001). Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN 9780470842898. doi:10.1002/047084289x.rp246.pub3. 
  3. ^ Benjamin R. Travis; Meenakshi Sivakumar; G. Olatunji Hollist & Babak Borhan (2003). "Facile Oxidation of Aldehydes to Acids and Esters with Oxone". Organic Letters. 5 (7): 1031–4. PMID 12659566. doi:10.1021/ol0340078. 
  4. ^ Thomas W. Bell, Young-Moon Cho, Albert Firestone, Karin Healy, Jia Liu, Richard Ludwig, and Scott D. Rothenberger (1993). "9-n-Butyl-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-Octahydroacridin-4-ol". Org. Synth. ; Coll. Vol., 8, p. 87 
  5. ^ James R. McCarthy, Donald P. Matthews, and John P. Paolini (1998). "Reaction of Sulfoxides with Diethylaminosulfur Trifluoride". Org. Synth. ; Coll. Vol., 9, p. 446 
  6. ^ Frohn, Michael; Shi, Yian (2000). "Chiral Ketone-Catalyzed Asymmetric Epoxidation of Olefins". Synthesis. 2000 (14): 1979–2000. doi:10.1055/s-2000-8715. 
  7. ^ "Benefits of Using a Non-Chlorine Shock Oxidizer Powered by DuPont Oxone" Dupont.com. Accessed July 2011.
  8. ^ "How to accurately measure chlorine levels in water shocked with potassium monopersulfate". Tech note from water test maker Taylor Technologies, originally appeared in Aquatics International. Accessed November 2011