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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