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Benedicts solution in a acidic medium (by accident!)

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Benedicts solution in a acidic medium (by accident!)

Postby mahela007 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:50 pm

Hi.. This is my first post on these forums.
I wad doing the test for reducing sugars using Benedicts reagent. To test for sucrose, the solution should be heated with HCl, and neutralized with a base before benedicts reagent is added.
I forgot to neutralize with the base. ;-)
How does benedicts reagent behave in an acidic medium? Will it still indicate the presence of reducingsugars?
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Postby JackBean » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:10 am

Well, I found only, that it's composed from sodium citrate and carbonate and copper sulphate, nothing about HCl, which would relase CO2 from the solution, so I don't know...

My guess is that the basic enviroment is needed in order to precipitate the Cu(I) oxide, which could stay dissolved in acidic solution as some salt.
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Postby jwalin » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:48 pm

the last part of the jackbean's post is what i think

but the base is used only to nuetralise the acid not make the solution basic
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