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Dear user, The reaction in question has been actually proposed and utilized as one of the methods of producing metallic sodium. The reaction runs rather simply NaOH ----> Na+ + OH(-) 4Na+ +4e- ----> 4Na(0) 4OH(-) - 4e- ----> O2 + 2H2O H2O ---> H2 + O2 in a usual manner. The latter is one of the reasons of why the process was discarded - hydrogen was produced as well as sodium, and one does not want hydrogen around oxygen at the temp. of molten NaOH. HiH. P.S. a standard disclaimer - do not try this. Molten NaOH is bad enough to eat through flesh and sodium at that temperature is liquid and ignites on contact with air, which would certainly do no good.
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