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    I understand that, unlike ethanol, phenol forms sodium phenoxide with aqueous NaOH due to it being a weak acid. What is the product of the reaction between sodium and phenol, and between aqueous sodium carbonate and phenol?

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    (Original post by OldakQuill)
    I understand that, unlike ethanol, phenol forms sodium phenoxide with aqueous NaOH due to it being a weak acid. What is the product of the reaction between sodium and phenol, and between aqueous sodium carbonate and phenol?

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    I believe Phenol isnt a strong enough acid to react with carbonates. Not 2 sure...Verification ne1?
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    I'm sure it dusnt react with sodium...at a level at least...
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    My spec. (Nuffield) says I should know these things...

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    (Original post by OldakQuill)
    My spec. (Nuffield) says I should know these things...

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    It reacts with sodium hydroxide to form a salt and water:

    i.e. (benzene ring)-O- +Na + H2O

    I haven't heard of any reaction between phenols and carbonates, as mentioned I think it is too weak an acid.
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    phenol does not react with sodium carbonate as carbonic acid is a stronger acid than phenol. In fact sodium carbonate is formed in the extraction of phenol.

    Impure phenol from 'middle oil' is reacted with 10% sodium hydroxide to give the sodium phenoxide which is run off in the aqueous layer.
    Then CO2 is bubbled through the solution and the phenol separates out as an oily layer which is collected and distilled. (ref: G.I. Brown)
    2C6H5ONa + CO2 + H2O --> 2C6H5OH + Na2CO3
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    (Original post by moojoo)
    It reacts with sodium hydroxide to form a salt and water:

    i.e. (benzene ring)-O- +Na + H2O

    I haven't heard of any reaction between phenols and carbonates, as mentioned I think it is too weak an acid.
    The salt is called sodium phenate
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    (Original post by mackin boi)
    The salt is called sodium phenate
    I thought it was Sodium Phenoxide?
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    (Original post by kohlstream)
    I thought it was Sodium Phenoxide?
    There the same thing. -ate refers to the presenence of oxygen in a compound in the way as -oxide does
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    2C6H5OH + 2Na --> 2C6H5O-Na+ + H2

    Phenol reacts with sodium to give sodium phenoxide and hydrogen...
 
 
 
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