Isopropyl alcohol is amphiprotic, meaning that it can act as both a weak acid and a weak base. Chemically, it can donate or accept a proton. This is a characteristic that is shared with water. More »

Though the FDA has not cleared any liquid disinfectant that uses alcohol as its primary agent for use in clinical settings, isopropyl alcohol has proven effective at killing microorganisms under certain conditions, accor... More »

Isopropyl alcohol, like all alcohols, is polar. It is polar because one of the properties of alcohol is hydroxyl, which forms hydrogen bonds and dissolves water molecules. Hydroxyl groups make electrons spend more time n... More »

A strong acid is one that is 100 percent ionized in a solution, and a weak acid is one that doesn't ionize fully when dissolved in water. Sulfuric acid is an example of a strong acid, and hydrogen fluoride is a weak acid... More »

HC2H3O2 is a weak acid. It has an acid disassociation constant or Ka value of 1.74 times 10 to the power of minus 5, indicating that it ionizes poorly. Another name for HC2H3O2 is acetic acid. More »

HF has a pKa value of 3.17, which indicates that it is a weak acid. It is the chemical symbol for hydrogen fluoride, which, when added to an aqueous solution, becomes hydrofluoric acid. More »

Vinegar is a solution of acetic acid, which is a weak acid, and can be neutralized by adding a strong base, such as sodium hydroxide. In such a neutralization reaction, the pH of the resulting solution is greater than 7,... More »