Autoxidation

Also autooxidation or auto-oxidation. A slow, easily initiated, self-catalyzed reaction, generally by a freeradical mechanism, between a substance and atmospheric oxygen. Initiators of autoxidation include heat, light, catalysts such as metals, and freeradical generators. Davies (1961) defines autoxidation as interaction of a substance with molecular oxygen below 120°C without flame. Possible consequences of autoxidation include pressure buildup by gas evolution, autoignition by heat generation with inadequate heat dissipation, and the formation of peroxides. CCPS 1995b