Alcohol oxidation

Alcohol oxidation

Examining the colour of a piece of copper when exposed to heat and then ethanol vapour.




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Ethanol, Copper, Pour some ethanol into a beaker and heat it with a Bunsen burner. , Hold a piece of copper above the flame until its surface becomes black., Due to heating, black copper(II) oxide forms on the surface of the piece of copper. Now let’s lower the blackened piece of copper into the beaker and observe how it changes., The piece of copper regains its original colour because in the reaction that takes place, copper(II) oxide is reduced into copper, while alcohol is oxidised into an aldehyde.
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