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can sodium be used to dry ethanol ? give reason.

Asked by sureshmalepati1967 26th February 2016, 7:15 AM
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Yes sodium can be used as fine wire or as chips for drying ethanol. Sodium reacts with ethyl alcohol forming sodium ethoxide but it will first react with water (forming NaOH and H2). Calculate and add the amount of sodium needed to react with water. After the reaction you have to distill the absolute ethyl alcohol.

Answered by Expert 26th February 2016, 6:35 PM
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