what happens when ethyl iodide is treated with sodium in dry air

Asked by Aakrati Gawande | 27th Mar, 2014, 11:08: PM

Expert Answer:

Alkyl halides on treatment with sodium metal in dry ethereal solution give higher alkanes.This reaction is known as Wurtz reaction and is used for the preparation of higher alkanes containing even number of carbon atoms.

C2H5I   + 2Na + IC2H5   C2H5 - C2H5    + 2NaI

Ethyl iodide                                        Ethane

Answered by  | 28th Mar, 2014, 09:26: AM

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