Is Carbon Tetrachloride Soluble in Water?


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Carbon tetrachloride has very low solubility in water, with 1,160 milligrams soluble in 1 liter of water at 25 degrees Celsius. As temperature decreases, its solubility in water drops further, and 800 milligrams of carbon tetrachloride is soluble in 1 liter of water at 20 degrees Celsius.

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Carbon tetrachloride is soluble in organic compounds such as alcohols, benzene, ether and chloroform. The molecular formula of carbon tetrachloride is CCl4, where four chlorine atoms are bonded to one carbon atom with the help of four single covalent bonds. Its molar mass is 153.82 grams per mole.

Carbon tetrachloride is a colorless liquid at room temperature and has an ether-like sweet odor. It was first used in fire extinguishers and as a cleaning agent.

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