# Why CCl4 does not dissolve in water while SiCl4 does?

Why $\ce{CCl4}$ does not dissolve in water while $\ce{SiCl4}$ does? Does it have to do with d-orbitals? If yes, then how are they related?

$\ce{SiCl_4}$ does not quite dissolve in water; rather, it reacts with water. So does $\ce{CCl_4}$, albeit extremely slowly, so for most purposes one may safely assume it doesn't. The difference is mostly due to the atomic size of C and Si. Smaller С atom is completely blocked off by four bulky chlorine atoms, so the water molecule can't reach it. Larger Si is easier to attack.