0
$\begingroup$

How do you synthesize tetrabutyl titanate $(\ce{[CH3(CH2)3O]4Ti})$ from titanium dioxide ($\ce{TiO2}$) powder? As I know, we can get $\ce{TiO2}$ from tetrabutyl titanate, but how can we do the opposite?

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Chemistry.SE. We’d like you to take the Tour to get familiarized with the site. Meantime, let us know your thoughts about it as well. It’d help us to agree or disagree and give our feedback. $\endgroup$ – Mathew Mahindaratne May 5 '18 at 4:52
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ there is not practically viable way to do at at lab. It thousands time cheaper to go with titanium tetrachloride. $\endgroup$ – permeakra May 5 '18 at 14:12
1
$\begingroup$

Treat with a chlorination reagent the titania to form titanium tetrachloride. You could do this with coke and chlorine in an electric arc furnace. Then distill the titanium tetrachloride. Next react it with a mixture of sodium butoxide and butanol at a low temperture.

Next vacuum distill the product to obtain pure titanium butoxide

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.