Detection of Phosphorus:
The procedure for the detection of phosphorus in an organic compound involves the following steps.
Step 1 :
An organic compound is heated strongly with an oxidizing agent such as concentrated nitric acid (HNO3) and a mixture of sodium carbonate( Na2CO3) and potassium nitrate (KNO3).
The residue is extracted with water.
The solution is boiled with some nitric acid (HNO3).
Then a hot solution of ammonium molybdate is added to it in excess.
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