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Experiment 1: Preparation of Sodium Peroxoborate
Sodium peroxoborate (Sodium perborate) finds a heavy usage as a bleaching agent in the detergent industry. This reagent comes with an advantage of low toxicity and a long shelf life. It is also a good substitute in organic synthesis for hydrogen peroxide solutions, which are highly concentrated, unstable and thus, pose great explosion hazards (Brotherton, 1994).
It is available as a crystalline reagent as a hydrate with a general formula: NaBO3 • n H2O. The chemical structure of the compound is as follows:
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