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Diethyl ether does not react with sodium. Explain.

Diethyl ether does not react with sodium. Explain.

Grade:upto college level

1 Answers

Komal
askIITians Faculty 747 Points
6 years ago
Sodium ions react with other ionic species via electrostatic interactions. Diethyl ether does not contain any ionic functional groups, nor does it have acidic protons.

Thus, diethyl ether is inert and is unreactive and therefore does not react with sodium.

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