I know that ions can conduct electricity, but H+ ions has no electrons! How can it conduct electricity then. Like if we were talking about Cl- or Na+ then these ions do have electrons.

But how can something that has no electrons be used to conduct electricity?

Also, do acids conduct electricity only in water and not on their own?

And, do acids also stop conducting electricity after all the ions have been deionized? (like NaCl aqueous solution)

  • $\begingroup$ Electrons are very much not a magic substance that is involved whenever someone talks about electricity. It is electric charge that matters, and $\ce{H+}$ surely does have one. $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 6:17
  • $\begingroup$ so how can a positive charge conduct electricity? $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ Just like a negative charge does: by moving around. $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ so we can do the same thing with a proton too? If yes, then what about bases? They have a OH- ions. How can it conduct electricity? $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 7:41
  • $\begingroup$ What same thing? All ions have electric charge. Therefore they conduct electricity whenever they move. That's the reason for conductivity of electrolytes. $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 7:56

Acids by themselves don't necessarily conduct electricity. An example is boron tribromide, a Lewis acid. What makes acid (aqueous) solutions good conductors, is the capability of the acid of interacting with water molecules, by creating positive and negative charged ions.

  • $\begingroup$ how does that help in conducting electricity? $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ Because the transmission of electricity involves the movement of charged particles (be them ions, such as in ionic solutions, or electrons, such as in metals). $\endgroup$
    – The_Vinz
    Aug 3 '16 at 8:17
  • $\begingroup$ ok, thx for your answer $\endgroup$ Aug 3 '16 at 8:38

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.