1. When iron and copper are allowed to act on hydrogen peroxide and pyrogallol, enough carbon dioxide is produced to be readily measured.
2. The curve of the production of carbon dioxide may be fitted by an empirical equation, by the use of which the initial rate and the total amount of the oxidation may be determined.
3. The effect of the concentration of the reagents is different in each case, the effect varying as a fractional power of the copper and pyrogallol concentrations and as a logarithmic function of the hydrogen peroxide concentration.
4. When gold or silver is used the rate changes suddenly during the course of the reaction due to the precipitation of colloidal metal.
5. Mercury, cadmium, zinc, tin, and some other metals have no effect.
6. A theoretical set of equations is assumed to account for the action of the metals.
7. The metals are assumed to act by means of the formation of intermediate peroxides.
8. Experiments on the action of gold indicate that the metals are active in the ionic and not in the colloidal state.