I was recently doing some organic chemistry work and came across a set of problems.

"Which of the following compounds will participate in hydrogen bonding with water? For each compound, indicate whether it will be a hydrogen bond donor, hydrogen bond acceptor, or both."

I do not have an idea of how to approach the first part of the question. Can someone help me with the first molecule: (a) $\ce{CH3CH2OCH3}$ in order of connectivity.


I figured out the answer. If there is a lone pair of electrons belonging to nitrogen, oxygen, or fluorine, then it is possible to bond to water. Therefore, it is can accept a hydrogen. If there is a hydrogen bonded to one of the three elements listed above, then it able to donate.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.