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If I add a drop of color to water, would it change its structure entirely?

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you please clarify and add some specifics? How much water are we talking here? What is the drop comprised of (oil, dye, etc.)? $\endgroup$ – Todd Minehardt Jul 26 '16 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ There are similar questions about dissolving non-polar molecules in water. $\endgroup$ – porphyrin Jul 27 '16 at 10:43
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No it does not change the structure of water. Yes the H-bonds between water molecules are broken to accomodate the dye molecules. However, liquid water does not have a set shape or fix molecular arrangement. So what happens is, The dye molecules simply diffuse out all throught and among the water molecules. The dye molecules become hydrated to some extent, that is, the charged groups and areas on the dye molecule interact with water to form H-bonds or polar bonds which allow the molecule to remain suspended among the water.

Source, General chemistry course work.

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