Sodium formate

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Sodium formate
Structural formula of sodium formate
Ball-and-stick model of the formate anion The sodium cation
Identifiers
CAS number 141-53-7 YesY
PubChem 2723810
ChemSpider 8517 YesY
UNII 387AD98770 YesY
EC number 205-488-0
ChEMBL CHEMBL183491 N
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Properties
Molecular formula HCOONa
Molar mass 68.007 g/mol
Appearance white granules
deliquescent
Density 1.92 g/cm3 (20 °C)
Melting point 253 °C (487 °F; 526 K)
Boiling point decomposes
Solubility in water 97.2 g/100 mL (20 °C)
160 g/100 mL (100 °C)
Solubility insoluble in ether
soluble in glycerol, alcohol
Acidity (pKa) 7.0-8.5 (0.1M)
Hazards
EU classification not listed
NFPA 704
Flammability (red): no hazard code Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity (yellow): no hazard code Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Sodium formate, HCOONa, is the sodium salt of formic acid, HCOOH. It usually appears as a white deliquescent powder.

Uses[edit]

Sodium formate is used in several fabric dyeing and printing processes. It is also used as a buffering agent for strong mineral acids to increase their pH, as a food additive (E237), and as a de-iceing agent.

Preparation[edit]

Sodium formate can be prepared in the laboratory by neutralizing formic acid with sodium carbonate. It can also be obtained by reacting chloroform with an alcoholic solution of sodium hydroxide.

CHCl3 + 4NaOH → HCOONa + 3NaCl + 2H2O

or by reacting sodium hydroxide with chloral hydrate.

C2HCl3(OH)2 + NaOHCHCl3 + HCOONa + H2O

The latter method is, in general, preferred to the former because the low aqueous solubility of CHCl3 makes it easier to separate out from the sodium formate solution, by fractional crystallization, than the soluble NaCl would be.

For commercial use, sodium formate is produced by absorbing carbon monoxide under pressure in solid sodium hydroxide at 160 °C.

CO + NaOH → HCOONa

Sodium formate may also be created via the haloform reaction between ethanol and sodium hypochlorite in the presence of a base. This procedure is well documented for the preparation of chloroform.

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