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This extraordinary reaction shows that hydroxide ion is able to deprotonate hydrogen! However, the mechanism is unlikely to be ionic but a concerted multicentre process in which H+ and Dľ are transferred simultaneously. Note that in D2O, HOľ will exist as DOľ.

(Speaking personally, this author wonders why the reaction was carried out this way, and not by passing D2 through isotopically normal sodium hydroxide solution as that would be the easier experimental set up.)

Merck Index, 8th Edition(1968)

D2
  +  
H2
  +  
[OH]
         
HD
  +  
DOH
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Interaction, Reaction, Process defined as:
Proton transfer: Brønsted reaction

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