# Reaction between sodium hydroxide and silicon dioxide [duplicate]

I was trying to make sodium silicate according to the following reaction:
$$\ce{SiO2 + 2NaOH -> Na2SiO3 + H2O}$$
I used colloidal silica available as an intestinal adsorbent since reaction with crystalline SiO2 would require a lot of heat. I mixed a solution containing 20 g of NaOH with a suspension of 15 g of SiO2, however, nothing seemed to happen. I checked the pH and it was still highly basic. Is there any way I could get the chemicals to react? Should I try bringing them to a boil?

• I would use silica powder from a reputable source, if the silica from the intestinal adsorbent has had surface treatment (which it might) that would clobber things up. Always use laboratory chemicals. Sep 1, 2021 at 7:41
• $\ce{SiO2}$ reacts with $\ce{NaOH}$ only at temperatures higher than 350°C. And then the obtained silicate is hard to dissolve in water. It lasts hours of dealing it with hot water under pressure. Sep 1, 2021 at 7:54
• @StianYttervik Should I look at silica cat litter? Sep 1, 2021 at 9:31
• @kwangmyonguser No, you should not. Sep 1, 2021 at 10:43
• UPD: The next day the solution turned perfectly clear, and I could see no traces of silicon dioxide in it. I decided to boil the water off, and at the point when there was little to no water, the solution looked rather gooey and glue-like. In an aqueous solution it releases white precipitate upon acidifying, thus I think that I succeeded and that the product definitely contains some sodium silicate. Sep 5, 2021 at 9:48