# Can the molecule CH2(ONa)2 be stable?

While studying about Cannizzaro reaction, it came to my mind as a wild thought what if this HCH(ONa)(ONa) molecule could pop out in some step of this reaction (not giving much details about how I thought it as it would be irrelevant). Then I thought this molecule might have some problem with stability. The $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybridized carbon might have some have problem with spacing two -ONa groups close together.

So, is this molecule stable or not? If not why?

• I guess it's sort of follow-up of chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/55692/… and answer is similar I guess - it's highly basic intermediate. – Mithoron Aug 7 '16 at 19:34
• Oxygen and sodium will hardly form a covalent bond. – aventurin Aug 7 '16 at 20:07