What Are Examples of Polar Solvents?

Polar solvents are distinguished by their large partial charges, as opposed to nonpolar solvents, which are more electrically neutral. Chemists recognize two groups of polar solvents, protic and aprotic, depending on whether or not the molecules of the solvent are capable of forming hydrogen bonds with the solute. Polar protic solvents include acetic acid, methanol and ethanol, while aprotic solvents include ethyl acetate and tetrahydrofuran.

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