A new reaction between common compounds: lead oxide reacts with formaldehyde.

Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)

PubMedID: 24600686

Zou S, Liu J, Kobayashi H, Hu X, Xiao L, Fan J. A new reaction between common compounds: lead oxide reacts with formaldehyde. Chem Commun (Camb). 2014;.
We show here a new reaction between lead(ii) oxide and formaldehyde aqueous solution, which has been overlooked all along. The special structure of the new substance (PbCH2O2) and the DFT calculations suggest a diol-mechanism, which not only informs people about the corrosive nature of HCHO toward Pb and PbO, but also leads us to discover some new reactions between a variety of vicinal diol-type molecules and PbO. The reaction is further highlighted because of its potential application in detection and treatment of formaldehyde-containing wastewaters.