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If chloroform is treated with alcoholic NaOH, potasium formate (HCOONa) is produced.Why is aqueous NaOH not used ?

If chloroform is treated with alcoholic NaOH, potasium formate (HCOONa) is produced.Why is aqueous NaOH not used ?

Grade:12

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Avinash
askIITians Faculty 1246 Points
6 years ago
Chloroform treating with alcoholic NaOH andaqueous NaOH yields different products.As areagent, chloroform serves as a source of the dichlorocarbene CCl2group. It reacts with aqueoussodium hydroxideusually in the presence of aphase transfer catalystto produce dichlorocarbene, CCl2

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