How does sodium hydride react with water?

1 Answer
Jan 28, 2016

#NaH(s) + H_2O(l) rarr NaOH(aq) + 1/2H_2(g)uarr#


The hydride anion is is unstable with respect to oxidation in water. Hydride salts are often used as drying agents (of organic solvents) for this reason. Lithium aluminum hydride, #LiAlH_4#, is a very common reducing agent in organic chemistry.