# 7.8     What happens when white phosphorus is heated with concentrated $NaOH$ solution in an inert atmosphere of $CO_{2}$ ?

When white phosphorus is heated with the concentrated $NaOH$ solution in an inert atmosphere of $CO_{2}$  we see that phosphine and sodium hypophosphite is formed.
$P_{4}+\:3NaOH\:+H_{2}O\rightarrow 3NaH_{2}PO_{2}\:+ \:PH_{3}$