Using Acetic Acid as an Oxidizing Agent

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Hi,
We did an experiment in lab and our professor asked us why we used acetic acid as our oxidizing agent

NaOCl + CH3COOH --> HOCl + CH3COO- Na+

for the above reaction?

I'm thinking it has to do with the fact that it is a relatively weak acid and can be reversed if needed?

Am I like totally off?

Thanks for any help!
Best,
Mandy

  • Using Acetic Acid as an Oxidizing Agent -

    I don't see any oxidizing or reducing going on. What you have written is a double displacement reaction (or double replacement reaction).

  • Using Acetic Acid as an Oxidizing Agent -

    You do have an oxidizing agent in the reaction (NaOCl) BUT it isn't oxidizing anything.

  • Using Acetic Acid as an Oxidizing Agent -

    I am not aware of acetic acid being used as an oxidising agent. The peracid is much more common.

    So

    NaOCl + CH3COOH --> NaCl + CH3COOOH

    and the acetic acid is the reducing agent.

    Formic acid is used as a reducing agent in Eschweiler-Clarke Methylation.

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