# 7.16   Can $PCI_{5}$ act as an oxidising as well as a reducing agent? Justify.

No $PCI_{5}$ can not  act as reducing agent but it can act as an oxidising. In $PCI_{5}$, phosphorus have  its highest oxidation state (+5)  which cannot be increased further but it can decrease its oxidation state and act as an oxidizing agent. For example-

$Sn \:+\:\overset{+5}{\:\:2PCl_{5}}\rightarrow SnCl_{4}+\:\overset{+3}{\:2PCl_{3}}$

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