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What is the chemical reaction between hydrocarbon and sodium hydroxide? Answered

I was wondering what is the chemical reaction between hydrocarbon and sodium hydroxide when they react with each other. I can not find it on the internet that's why I asked y'all. Thanks

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Kiteman (author)2014-07-09

Depends on the hydrocarbon.

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steveastrouk (author)Kiteman2014-07-10

+1.

Surely vegetable oil is a "hydrocarbon"

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Kiteman (author)steveastrouk2014-07-10

Depending on how strict you are at applying the definition (strictly speaking, hydrocarbons have only hydrogen and carbon in their molecules).

If you're going to be fussy, vegetable oil is a triglyceride.

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Burf (author)2014-07-08

As far as I know, under normal conditions sodium hydroxide doesn't react at all with hydrocarbons.

What I am sure of is that sodium hydroxide used to be used to remove sulfer compounds from crude oil but is now pretty much banned worldwide because of the waste products' toxicity.

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