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[*] posted on 18-9-2021 at 16:06
Leftovers from bromoethane synthesis


I was synthesizing EtBr using a common method and found that there was a considerable amount of residual clear, crystalline solid in my boiling flask after the reaction completed.

Now, I assume that the majority of the solid will be a mixture of sodium ethyl sulfate and unreacted sodium bromide. The reaction was, unfortunately, very low yielding and I am wondering if some conditions favored the formation of sodium ethyl sulfate and did not allow for the sodium bromide to react.

Can anyone else comment on the byproducts of this reaction?
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