Thermal Reduction of Bicarbonate to Formate

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Science  25 Sep 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3639, pp. 1455-1456
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3639.1455


Thermal decomposition of infrared pellets of sodium or potassium bicarbonates dispersed in KCl, KBr, or KI matrices leads to the production of bicarbonate monomer ions and finally formate ions, as well as other expected products. These products can be identified readily from the infrared spectra of the pressed disks.