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    exam paper q, convert propanal to sodium propanoate in 2 steps

    i said first oxidise to carboxylic acid using dilute h2so4 potassium dichromate (vi) and heat under reflux
    then add nahco3 making the carboxylic acid salt sodium propanoate

    this right?
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    (Original post by ravs)
    exam paper q, convert propanal to sodium propanoate in 2 steps

    i said first oxidise to carboxylic acid using dilute h2so4 potassium dichromate (vi) and heat under reflux
    then add nahco3 making the carboxylic acid salt sodium propanoate

    this right?
    Sounds good to me.

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    couldnt u convert the aldehyde to an alcohol (reduce it) and then react with sodium as well??
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    (Original post by KingAS)
    couldnt u convert the aldehyde to an alcohol (reduce it) and then react with sodium as well??
    No that would make a sodium alkoxide, in this case it would be:

    sodium propoxide
 
 
 

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