Saturday, April 12, 2014

Can PCl3 act as an oxidising as well as reducing agent? If yes, how? Illustrate with the help of equations.

Question: Can PCl3 act as an oxidising as well as reducing agent? If yes, how? Illustrate with the help of equations.
ANswer: Yes, PCl3 can act both as an oxidising agent as well as reducing agent.
It react with sulphur tri oxide to reduce it to sulphur di oxide.
PCl3 +SO3  -------------> POCl3 + SO2
It also react with metals like silver and sodium to form their chlorides.

PCl3 + 6 Na ---------------> 3 NaCl +Na3P

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