What Is "protic Solvent"?


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A protic solvent is a solvent containing a hydrogen bonded to an electronegative atom. Some examples of protic solvents include water, ethanol, methanol, ammonia, formic acid and hydrogen fluoride.

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What Is "protic Solvent"?
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Solvents are materials, usually liquids, used to dissolve one substance into another. There are protic and aprotic solvents. Protic solvents are capable of donating protons. The -OH group on protic solvents is their most distinguishable feature, although some protic solvents do not contain an -OH group. Nitromethane, with a chemical formula of CH3NO2, is one such example. Aprotic solvents do not contain an -OH group. Instead, they contain a C=O bond. Examples of aprotic solvents include acetone and ethyl acetate.

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