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Result of bleach+tartaric acid >>> ?

  1. May 13, 2015 #1
    Hello Everyone
    Please can you tell me what is the result of this reaction??
    NOTE:This is not a homework,i did this simple reaction yesterday.
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  3. May 14, 2015 #2
    Off the top of your head, what do think may happen? Did you observe any evidence for a reaction?
  4. May 14, 2015 #3


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    Could imagine some oxidation of the OH groups to ketone followed by decarboxylation.
  5. May 14, 2015 #4

    James Pelezo

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    This is a double replacement (metathesis) reaction with the driving force being a weak acid Hypochlorous Acid formed by hypochlorite ion (ClO-) extracting one of the Hydrogens from the Tartic Acid giving Sodium Hydrogen Tartrate. (Ka(HClO) = 3.5 x 10-8 @ 25oC)

    NaClO(aq) + H2C4H4O6(aq) => NaHC4H4O6(aq) + HClO(aq)
  6. May 15, 2015 #5


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    That's definitely a first step, but I am with DrDu - some oxidation can happen.
  7. May 15, 2015 #6


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  8. May 17, 2015 #7
    Thank you so much for help.
    I want to ask something but not now!
    This days i am too busy.
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