Under 254 nm irradiation, [Pt(bpy)Cl2] is converted to [Pt(bpy)Cl4] in a solvent-initiated process. The reaction is very nearly zero order throughout. The rate decreases slightly with increasing starting concentration. These characteristics can be rationalized by a rate law of the form afS, where fS is the fraction of light absorbed by chloroform. The species that reacts with [Pt(bpy)Cl2] is believed to be CCl3OO.
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