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  1. #1 sodium chlorate 
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    there are some files on the internet saying that you can obtain sodium chlorate by electrolisising sodium chloride. the reaction is this:

    NaCl + 3H2O + 6e- ---> NaClO3 +3H2

    i have tried doing this, boiled off the water, mixed the solid that remained with sugar but it wouldnt light. can someone help me make sodium chlorate.


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    why owuld y awant it? jsut for the fun of it eh? :P

    well as far as my understanding of electrolisis, goes ya need to pass the current, through the salt solution, through inhert electrodes,

    i don't think boiling the water workd, is that what your doing? or did i take it up wrong? :? i see the word boiled, my ,mistake if it is!

    also ya might ned the electrons, to be certian materials, like in electro plating, but thats jsut an idea i throwin in to the disscussion,

    so what is it you did?


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    Sodium chlorate is produced by electrolysis of a brine solution.

    I am glad your reaction failed. If you had rather pure sodium chlorate, and heated it enough to boil of the water, you could have started it to decompose, which is a highly exothermic reaction and often uncontrollable. It could have easily got out of hand and burned or killed you. Perhaps you remember the ValueJet crash in FL that was caused by the accidental decomposition of a small cylinder of sodium chlorate.
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    :-D damm straight!
    he wasn't electrosling anything was he? by boiling, he had heating element... so the current wasn't reacting with the chemecials ? no?

    that is just to clarfi my own question?
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