How can saline hydrides remove traces of water from organic compounds

Asked by sudipt.kumar | 4th Oct, 2010, 10:09: PM

Expert Answer:

Saline Hydride capable of deprotonating a range of even weak Brønsted acids to give the corresponding derivatives. Take an example of sodium hydride which is a saline hydride(NaH) with a organic compound like alcohol.
 
2 R-OH + 2 NaH → 2 R-O-Na+ + 2H2

Alcohols can behave as weak acids, undergoing deprotonation. The deprotonation reaction to produce an alkoxide salt is either performed with a strong base such as sodium hydride or n-butyllithium, or with sodium or potassium metal.

Answered by  | 5th Oct, 2010, 08:15: AM

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