Kinetics and mechanism of the hydrolysis of imidacloprid

W. Zheng, W. Liu

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The kinetics of the hydrolysis of imidacloprid were studied at different pH values and under various temperatures. Imidacloprid was found to be stable in acidic and neutral water, but readily hydrolysed in alkaline water. The main hydrolysis product was found to be l-[(6-chloro-3-pyridinyl)methyl]-2- imidazolidone, and a mechanism for its formation is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-485
Number of pages4
JournalPesticide Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrolysis
  • Imidacloprid
  • Kinetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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