Sodium hydroxide reacts with chlorine gas in different ways according to the concentration and temperature of the solution and it gives different products. NaOH and Cl2 reaction is an oxidation - reduction reaction and those reactions are more special because they are disproportionation reactions.
Written by: Heshan Nipuna, updated:2020/05/17
Sodium hydroxide and chlorine gas reaction is completely different from sodium and chlorine gas reaction.
Cold dilute sodium hydroxide and chlorine gas reaction is disproportionation. Chlorine gas is oxidized and reduced to OCl- ion and Cl- ion respectively. As products sodium chloride, sodium chlorate(i) and water are given.
Aqueous NaCl, NaOCl solution is called as the Milton solution. Hypochlorite ion exists in bleaching powder.
In hypochlorite ion, chlorine atom is in the +1 oxidation state. In NaCl, chlorine is at -1 oxidation state.
Hot dilute sodium hydroxide and chlorine gas reaction is also a disproportionation reaction.Chlorine gas is oxidized and reduced to ClO3- ion and Cl- ion respectively. As products sodium chloride, sodium chlorate(iii) and water are given.
In chlorite ion, chlorine atom is at the +5 oxidation state.
OCl- ion is an unstable ion it exists only in cold states. When temperature increases, it disproportionate to chloride ion and chlorate ion. Negative charge is on the oxygen atom.
As chlorine gas, other halogens except fluorine also react with sodium hydroxide and give similar products as NaOH + Cl2 reaction.
We know this reaction is a disproportionation reaction. When we see the products, it's clear that Cl2 is oxidized to OCl- and reduced to Cl-. Oxidation numbers of cglorine in OCl- ion is +1 and Cl- ion is -1.
Now check the differences of each oxidation numbers in oxidation and reduction. It is one in both. Then exchange the differences.
Then balance other elements. Check Na atoms in both sides. There are two Na in the right side. So we put two in front of NaOH. Then check hydrogen balance. Left side has two hydrogen atoms so far now. Then only one H2O molecule in the right side is enough to balance the hydrogen equation.
A reaction in which a substance is simultaneously oxidized and reduced, giving two different products.
Now we need to produce NaOCl and NaClO3. So we need NaOH and Cl2
Electrolysis of brine solution will produce NaOH, Cl2 gas and H2 gas.
We can collect Cl2 gas can cool the gas before send it to the produced NaOH to occur the reaction. NaOH solution also should be cold.
Produced Cl2 is sent to the hot NaOH.
In both occasions, NaCl is produced as a product. We can separate it by a separton method from NaOCl or NaClO3.
When chlorine gas dissolve in water, it produce hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and hydrochloric acid (HCl). You know acids react with bases and produce a salt and water as products. So when NaOH is in the presence of HOCl and HCl solution, following reactions are occurred.
This safery and harmful facts are both valid for reaction of Cl2 with hot NaOH and cold NaOH.
Sodium chloride aqueous solution is stable to temperature. If you want to prepare sodium chloride from sodium hydroxide and chlorine gas, there is no need to consider the temperature. You had seen, from both reactions, sodium chloride is given. But, in these solutions, with sodium chloride, other sodium salt exists. If you want pure sodium chloride, you should mix sodium metal and chlorine gas to produce sodium chloride. Then add sodium chloride to water.
Some compounds are not stable to heat. When temperature increases, those kind of compounds are decomposed to another compounds. That's what happened here too. When chlorine dissolve in water and react hypochlorous acid and hydrochloric acid are given as products. When temperature of the solution is high, hypochlorous acid is decomposed chlorate ion
We can denote the alkali as MOH in the equation. Chlorine (Cl2) is oxidized to chlorate (ClO3-) ion and chloride ion (Cl-) when it reacts with hot concentrated alkali.
3Cl2 + 6MOH → 5MCl + MClO3 + 3H2O
Cl2 hydrolysis in the water. HCl and HOCl are given as products. HCl is a strong acid and HOCl is a weak acid. HOCl is a very good disinfectant and more efficient than bleaching powder.
Yes. You can use NaOH and this is very efficient way to do the neutralization. But you have to consider about the cost of this neutralization method because NaOH is so expensive.
The process of adding chlorine or chlorine compounds such as sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) to water. This is done in swimming pools. This is done to kill certain bacteria and other microbes in tap water as chlorine is toxic to those microbes. That's why we feel smell of chlorine gas in the swimming pools.
When temperature is high, the ability to oxidation is high. Therefore produced NaOCl is oxidized to NaClO3 from +1 to +5 (oxidation umber of chlorine).
NaOH and HCl reacts as base and acid respectively and produce salt (NaCl) and water as products. That reaction is not a redox reaction.
There is no disproportionation reaction oof water and sodium hydroxide. Only sodium hydroxide dissolve very well in water and dissociate to sodium ion and hydroxyl ions completely.
We know electronegativity of oxygen is higher than chlorine. So negative charge should be on oxygen atom whole chlorine atom is oxidized due to higher electronegativity of oxygen. There is a single bond between oxygen and chlorine. Therefore oxidation number of chlorine is +1.
We know NaOH is a strong base. So it shows higher pH value which is greater than 7 at 250C.
When all NaOH reacts with all chlorine, there is no remaining NaOH and Cl2. Produced NaCl and NaOCl are in the solution and we should consider, whether their ability to hydrolysis of water to make water acidic or basic.
Use aqueous sodium hydroxide solution to neutralize chlorine gas. But commonly, spraying a solution of baking soda in water into the air or urea solution will be used. Cost of NaOH is very high.
Chlorine gas reacts with iron and produce ferric chloride. So we cannot use iron as the reactant container equipment.
Also, caustic soda slowly reacts with glass and form sodium silicate. So glass container is also not suitable for the reaction equipment.
Sodium ion and chloride ion are stable in the water and do not involve in hydrolysis of water. So NaCl is a neutral salt.
Hypochlorite ion is not stable in water and involve in hydrolysis of water to prouce HOCl and OH- ion. So aqueous solution will basic due to release of hydroxyl ion.
Due to formation of OH- ions, aqueous solution gets basic and show pH values of greate than 7. But not much as aqueous NaOH solution.
Yes. You can. You can prepare cold NaOH solution by using ice crystals or cold water. But, you will be find difficult to find chlorine gas in the laboratory. Then, you can try to make chlorine gas yourself. Mix dilute HCl solution and potassium permanganate solution. That will give Cl2 gas. Feed produced Cl2 gas safely through tubes to the NaOH solution.
Reaction of chlorine with sodium hydroxide can be considered as an acid-base reaction. How do I say that?
First, chlorine dissolve in water and produce hydrochloric acid (HCl) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl). These two acids react with NaOH separately to give NaCl and NaOCl respectively.
Sodium hydroxide is not used in the production of bleaching powder. Ca(OH)2 reacts with chlorine to produce bleaching powder.
Caustic soda is a another name for NaOH. So reactions are same as NaOH and Cl2.
You may feel, smell of chlorine gas on swimming pools. This happens due to formation of chlorine gas from NaOCl which is added as a disinfectant.
In the presence of hydroxyl ions (OH-) ions, chlorine gas is reduced to Cl- and oxidized to OCl- or ClO3- ion. The oxidation product depends on the concentration and temperature of the hydroxide solution. If temperature is high, chorine gas is oxidized to a its +5 oxidation state compound ClO3-.
NaOH + Cl2 → NaCl + NaClO + H2O
If sodium piece is kept in the atmosphere, sodium readily reacts with oxygen and produce sodium oxide (Na2O). But, in the presence of oxygen gas stream, sodium gives sodium peroxide as the product. Sodium peroxide and sodium oxide both reacts with water to produce NaOH.
Chlorine and hydrogen gases are formed when concentrated aqueous NaCl is electrolyzed to produce NaOH. To prevent the reaction of chlorine and NaOH, a membrane is placed between cathode and anode.
2Na + Cl2 → 2NaCl