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Hydrogen peroxide acts both as an oxidizing and as a reducing agent in alkaline solution towards certain first row transition metal ions. Illustrate both these properties of H 2 O 2 using chemical equations.

Hydrogen peroxide acts both as an oxidizing and as a reducing agent in alkaline solution towards certain first row transition metal ions. Illustrate both these properties of H2O2 using chemical equations.

Grade:10

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Jitender Pal
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8 years ago
When H2O2 acts as oxidizing agent, following reaction takes place:
H2O2 + 2e- →2OH-
While regarding its action as reducing agent, the following reaction takes place:
H2O2 + 2OH‑ → O2 + 2H2O + 2e-

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