D-Ox, Hydrolin, Reductone
sodium hydrosulfite, sodium sulfoxylate, Sulfoxylate
Vatrolite, Virtex L
Blankit, Albite A, Konite
Zepar, Burmol, Arostit
3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||174.107 g/mol (anhydrous) |
210.146 g/mol (dihydrate)
|Appearance||white to grayish crystalline powder |
light-lemon colored flakes
|Odor||faint sulfur odor|
|Density||2.38 g/cm3 (anhydrous) |
1.58 g/cm3 (dihydrate)
|Melting point||52 °C (126 °F; 325 K)|
|18.2 g/100 mL (anhydrous, 20 °C) |
21.9 g/100 mL (Dihydrate, 20 °C)
|Solubility||slightly soluble in alcohol|
|R-phrases (outdated)||R7, R22, R31|
|S-phrases (outdated)||(S2), S7/8, S26, S28, S43|
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
|Flash point||100 °C (212 °F; 373 K)|
|200 °C (392 °F; 473 K)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Sodium dithionite (also known as sodium hydrosulfite) is a white crystalline powder with a weak sulfurous odor. Although it is stable in the absence of air, it decomposes in hot water and in acid solutions.
The structure has been examined by Raman spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The dithionite dianion has C
2 symmetry, with almost eclipsed with a 16° O-S-S-O torsional angle. In the dihydrated form , the dithionite anion has gauche 56° O-S-S-O torsional angle.
A weak S-S bond is indicated by the S-S distance of 239 pm, which is elongated by ca. 30 pm relative to a typical S-S bond. Because this bond is fragile, the dithionite anion dissociates in solution into the [SO2]- radicals, as has been confirmed by EPR spectroscopy. It is also observed that 35S undergoes rapid exchange between S2O42- and SO2 in neutral or acidic solution, consistent with the weak S-S bond in the anion.
The sodium borohydride method obeys the following stoichiometry:
Each equivalent of H- reduces two equivalents of sulfur dioxide. Formate has also been used as the reductant.
Sodium dithionite is stable when dry, but aqueous solutions deteriorate due to the following reaction:
Anhydrous sodium dithionite decomposes to sodium sulfate and sulfur dioxide above 90 °C in the air. In absence of air, it decomposes quickly above 150 °C to sodium sulfite, sodium thiosulfate, sulfur dioxide and trace amount of sulfur.
Sodium dithionite is a reducing agent. At pH=7, the potential is -0.66 V vs NHE. Redox occurs with formation of sulfite:
Sodium dithionite reacts with oxygen:
These reactions exhibit complex pH-dependent equilibria involving bisulfite, thiosulfate, and sulfur dioxide.
In the presence of aldehydes, sodium dithionite reacts either to form ?-hydroxy-sulfinates at room temperature or to reduce the aldehyde to the corresponding alcohol above a temperature of 85 °C. Some ketones are also reduced under similar conditions.
Being water-soluble, sodium dithionite is used as a reducing agent in some industrial dyeing processes. In the case of sulfur dyes and vat dyes, an otherwise water-insoluble dye can be reduced into a water-soluble alkali metal salt (e.g. indigo dye).
Sodium dithionite can also be used for water treatment, gas purification, cleaning, and stripping. It has also been applied as a sulfonating agent. In addition to the textile industry, this compound is used in industries concerned with leather, foods, polymers, photography, and many others, often as a decolourising agent. It is even used domestically as a decoloring agent for white laundry, when it has been accidentally stained by way of a dyed item slipping into the high temperature washing cycle. It is usually available in 5 gram sachets termed hydrosulfite after the antiquated name of the salt.
Sodium dithionite is often used in physiology experiments as a means of lowering solutions' redox potential (Eo' -0.66 V vs SHE at pH 7). Potassium ferricyanide is usually used as an oxidizing chemical in such experiments (Eo' ~ .436 V at pH 7). In addition, sodium dithionite is often used in soil chemistry experiments to determine the amount of iron that is not incorporated in primary silicate minerals. Hence, iron extracted by sodium dithionite is also referred to as "free iron." The strong affinity of the dithionite ion for bi- and trivalent metal cations (M2+, M3+) allows it to enhance the solubility of iron, and therefore dithionite is a useful chelating agent.
Aqueous solutions of sodium dithionite were once used to produce "Fieser's solution' for the removal of oxygen from a gas stream. Pyrithione can be prepared in a two-step synthesis from 2-bromopyridine by oxidation to the N-oxide with a suitable peracid followed by substitution using sodium dithionite to introduce the thiol functional group.
It is used in Kodak fogging developer, FD-70. This is used in the second step in processing black and white positive images, for making slides. It is part of the Kodak Direct Positive Film Developing Outfit.