# How can you neutralize alkoxide?

Jul 7, 2016

Well, to neutral-ize an alkoxide, make it neutral. Add a proton. Normally we add acid to base to neutralize it.

But, since an alkoxide is negatively-charged, we can simply add any strong acid that releases a positive charge to attach onto the alkoxide, thereby rendering it neutral.

Any alkoxide is of the form $R - {\text{O}}^{-}$, where $R$ is some alkyl group.

So to neutralize it, react it with a strong acid (${\text{H"_2"SO}}_{4}$ works well).

$R - \text{O"^(-) + "H"^(+) -> R-"OH}$

It gives you an alcohol with the corresponding $R$ group.