Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Donald C. Berndt

Second Advisor

Dr. Steve Bertman

Third Advisor

Dr. Donald Schreiber

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The side chain effect on micellar catalysis of hydroxamic acids with perfluorooctanoic acid as the reactive counterion surfactant in aqueous acetonitrile solution has been demonstrated in this thesis.

The rate constant-surfactant concentration profiles were used to estimate the critical micelle concentration and the second order rate constant for hydrolysis in the aqueous bulk phase.

The pseudo-phase ion exchange model satisfactorily explains the surfactant effect. The second order rate constants in the aqueous bulk phase show a direct relationship with steric substituent constants. The major influence of the change in micellar catalysis is the location in the micelle where the substrate is bound.

Further investigation regarding the location in the micelle where hydroxamic acids are bound is suggested.

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