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Tango

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Mixing sodium hypochlorite and quaternary ammonia
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:52:36 AM »

Hi,

Can somebody let me know what reaction takes place when quaternary ammonia and chlorine bleach are mixed together? Is reaction the same as when bleach and ammonia are mixed?

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Re: Mixing sodium hypochlorite and quaternary ammonia
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 10:26:55 AM »

Do you mean the ammonium cation NH4+, or an organic ammonium salt R4N+?
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Re: Mixing sodium hypochlorite and quaternary ammonia
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 10:35:54 AM »

I mean R4N+. Particularly alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, a common sanitizing/disinfecting compound. Thanks.
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Re: Mixing sodium hypochlorite and quaternary ammonia
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 11:16:35 AM »

Hypochlorite is a pretty good nucleophile, so you may be able to *Ignore me, I am impatient* a methyl group off, and bleach tends to be very basic so you may get an elimination of some sort. Honestly, I wouldn't go mixing the two.
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