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What happens when white phosphorus is heated with concentrated NaOH solution in an inert atmosphere of CO2?

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

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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}

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