what is wurtz reaction? what is its use in chemistry?

Asked by GARIMA SRIVASTAVA | 12th Mar, 2011, 04:34: AM

Expert Answer:

When an alkyl halide is treated with metallic sodium in dry ethereal solution, asymmetrical alkane containing twice the number of carbon atoms present in the alkyl group is obtained.
RX + 2Na  + XR → R-R + 2NaX
This reaction is used in the formation of higher alkanes from the lower alkanes.

Answered by  | 14th Mar, 2011, 10:53: AM

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