Questions tagged [hydrolysis]

Hydrolysis refers to any reaction with water. For example, it may be said that ammonia hydrolyzes in water to produce ammonium ion and hydroxide ion.

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Sodium Sulfate or Sodium Carbonate for electrolysis in water

I am not a chemist but I have a question regarding electrolytes in electrolysis. I have done a lot of reading but cannot find the answer I'm looking for regarding Sodium Sulfate (or Sulfide) I intend ...
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Solubility of lead(II,IV) oxide

I was solving a question: Which of the following liberate $\ce{O2}$ upon hydrolysis? $\ce{Pb3O4}$ $\ce{KO2}$ $\ce{Na2O2}$ $\ce{Li2O2}$ The answer is no doubt $\ce{KO2}$ but if I am not wrong $\ce{...
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Grignard Reagent Facilitates Epoxide Opening

I have read from my textbook, that the opening of an epoxide ring with a strong nucleophile like a Grignard reagent, takes place from a less substituted side, with a higher SN2 character. The acidic ...
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Why does hydrolysis of ADP to AMP yields the same amount of energy as ATP to ADP, if ADP is more stable?

I learned about the resonance stability of ADP and the fact, that ATP is less stable due to intramolecular instability. I was surprised to see that the energy net of conversion of ADP to AMP is the ...
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Why is the rate of solvolysis of t-butyl chloride lesser than that of 1-chloro-1-methylcyclohexane?

I came across a question regarding relative rate of solvolysis. According to the answer key: My analysis: As in all the three cases, the Cl atom is bounded to a tertiary carbon, hence, all of them ...
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Why is it advised to use neutral ferric chloride solution while performing confirmatory test for acetate ions? [duplicate]

The reaction of $\ce{FeCl3}$ with $\ce{CH3COO-}$ is $$\ce{3Fe^{+3} +6CH3COO- +H2O<=> [Fe3(OH)2(CH3COO)6]^{+} +2H^{+}}$$ Recently I read that a solution of $\ce{FeCl3}$ hydrolyses very quickly to ...
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How is this reaction not a decomposition reaction? And are all disproportionation reactions decomposition reactions?

When I asked my teacher whether all disproportionation reactions are decomposition reactions, he stated the following reaction: $$ \ce{4 KClO3 -> 3 KClO4 + KCl} $$ and said that this isn't a ...
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Are all hydrolysis reactions non-redox reactions? [closed]

Are all hydrolysis reactions always non redox reactions? For example: $$\ce{N2O3 + 2H2O -> 2HNO2}$$ The main reason I say that this statement is correct is because oxygen and hydrogen generally ...
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Hydrolysis of ammonium cloride

As we all know ammonium chloride is a acid. And what explains this is its salt hydrolysis. It breaks down into ammonium and chloride ions. Ammonium react with water to produce hydronium or hydrogen ...
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Hydrolysis with cis-1-bromo-4-methylcyclohexane

I have a problem with making the reaktion mechanism Hydrolysis of cis-1-bromo-4-methylcyclohexane. I know that a general hydrolysis looks like but i am not sure how he endproducts of this reaction are ...
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What are the gaseous outputs of electrolysis of Water along with NaOH or KOH?

Theoretically electrolysis of water yields Hydrogen and Oxygen in gaseous form. But to enhance conductivity we have to add an electrolyte like $\ce{NaOH}$ or $\ce{KOH}$. Does this produce any other ...
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Cyanide hydrolysis; could it yield an oxime?

The mechanisms for both acid and base catalyzed hydrolysis of nitriles are clear; (With the subsequent deprotonation from the hydroxyl) and (Source) In both cases, the hydroxyl adds to the carbon ...
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On the stabler tautomer in amide-imidic acid tautomerism

In the section on acid-catalysed hydrolysis of nitriles, this webpage has the following line of reasoning; ...the more stable amide tautomer predominates the (following) equilibrium. (credit) How ...
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Why does ester hydrolysis occur in basic medium

Ester hydrolysis occurs in basic medium and this is the medium which is usually preferred for the same. But I am facing a very fundamental doubt and not able to understand the reason. Ester Hydrolysis ...
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Mechanism of hydrolysis of acyl chlorides

The following mechanism for acyl chloride hydrolysis was given by my professor : However I do not understand why in the second step, oxygen has a partially negative charge, should it not gain a ...
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Why is the hydrolysis of ATP to AMP more energetic than the hydrolysis of ATP to ADP?

I am confused as to why the hydrolysis of ATP to AMP and pyrophosphate is more energetic than hydrolysis to ADP and inorganic phosphate, especially since pyrophosphates are more unstable than ...
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Does the salinity in seawater affect the process of alkaline hydrolysis?

I am an architecture student doing a project on crematorium spaces. I am looking at resomation or alkaline hydrolysis as an alternative method of disposition of a body. From what I gather from ...
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Possibility of removing two water molecules from glycerol

Not a chemist, but from a chemical formula perspective, how hard would it be to create acetone by acidifying glycerol? $$\ce{C3H8O3 + 2 H+ <=> C3H6O + 2 H2O}$$ Has anyone ever heard of this ...
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Why is Ag+ not hydrolysed?

Usually, strong acid anions and strong base cations don't get hydrolysed. But I've noticed through some questions that $\ce{Ag^+}$ doesn't seem to get hydrolysed, why is that? Is there any concept ...
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Hydrolysis of one mole of peroxydisulphuric acid with one mol. of water produces?

I am having trouble in this question: Hydrolysis of one mole of peroxy disulphuric acid with one mole of water produces : a)two moles of sulphuric acid only b)two moles of peroxymonosulphuric acid c)...
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What exactly is hydrolysis? What are the products of hydrolysis of aluminium?

I came across three reactions while studying p-block compounds in inorganic chemistry. $$\ce{2Al + 2NaOH + 6H2O -> 2 Na[Al(OH)4] + 3H2} \label{eq:1} \tag{1}$$ $$\ce{Al2O3 + 2NaOH + 3H2O -> 2 Na[...
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Aspirin Hydrolysis at pH 2

Conducting an experiment, I found that very little salicylic acid was evolved performing hydrolysis at $\mathrm{pH \ 2}$ and at $\pu{45 ^\circ C}$. In fact, far more salicylic acid was evolved at $\...
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salt hydrolysis and pH calculations

I am a high school student and I am very confused in salt hydrolysis My confusion is that: when we talk of hydrolysis of salt of weak base and weak acid, we internally assume the degree of hydrolysis ...
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What would be the product of this reaction?

A 3 membered carbon ring with a double bond to oxygen from one carbon and a double bond between the remaining carbon with a methyl group attached to one of the carbon is made to undergo acid catalyzed ...
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Why does acid hydrolysis of glucose-1,6-bisphosphate produce glucose-6-phosphate and not glucose-1-phosphate?

A paper I found details treating glucose-1,6-bisphosphate with 6M HCl to produce glucose-6-phosphate. I'm curious why glucose-1-phosphate (and then even plain glucose) isn't formed instead?
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Hydrolysis of salt

The hydrolysis of salt tells you whether a salt is acidic or basic. But it does not tell you how acidic or basic a salt is. Is there a way to determine this? My guess is that taking of the weak base ...
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Hydrolysis of Magnesium Carbide

I came across a question in which the following reaction was taking place: $$ \ce{Mg4C3 + H2O -> CH3CH \bond{#} CH} $$ Each $\ce{Mg}$ atom must be present in a +2 oxidation state, thus the total ...
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What are the properties of water in glaciers? [closed]

Does water from glaciers have many minerals (hard water) or would it be considered pure or distilled water?
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What happens when ferric chloride is dissolved in water?

Ferric chloride can be prepared by dissolving hematite in hydrochloric acid: $$\ce{Fe2O3 + 6HCl -> 2FeCl3 + 3H2O }\tag{1}$$ But the resulting ferric chloride will be exposed from its formation to ...
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Does cellulase catalyze the hydrolysis (or break down) of soluble starch?

I’m attempting to perform an Iodometric redox titration to evaluate the vitamin c concentration in a particular solution. These solution have dissolved within them up to 2% cellulase enzyme. In an ...
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How can you tell if a metal ion will hydrolyze to form an acidic solution?

I saw somewhere that all metal ions except for the alkali metals and alkaline earth metals will hydrolyze to increase acidity. If I'm interpreting things correctly, sodium ions, for example, will not ...
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Calcium chloride hydrolysis

I was wondering about $ \ce{CaCl2} $ hydrolysis. The most primitive answer would have been: $ \ce{Ca(OH)2} $ does not dilute that great, therefore it is not strong enough to have the $ \ce{Ca^2+} $s ...
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Which side of the C-O-C bond breaks in esters during hydrolysis in basic medium?

When an ester undergoes hydrolysis which side of the $\ce{C-O-C}$ breaks for instance in the following example: I believe the first is correct but is it a rule that the salt of a carboxylic acid is ...
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Rate of hydrolysis of ester in presence of an acidic medium

Does the rate of hydrolysis of an ester depend on the concentration of both the ester and the acid, or only the ester? I was told by my professor that hydrolysis of ester follows a pseudo-first order ...
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Why isn't auto ionisation of water considered when we find the pH during salt hydrolysis?

$\ce{H+}$ concentration from the auto-ionisation of water is $10^{-7}$ If we have $\ce{HA}$ as weak acid and $\ce{BOH}$ as weak base having $\mathrm pK_\mathrm{a} = 3.2$ and $\mathrm pK_\mathrm{b} =3....
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Dissolution of SO2 in water

Majority of texts (at high school level) say that when $\ce{SO2}$ is dissolved in water sulphurous acid $\ce{H2SO3}$ is formed. However my text book states that it forms clathrate $\ce{SO2.6H2O}$ when ...
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Why doesn't NF₃ undergo hydrolysis?

I was reading Jan's answer to the following question-: Why can NCl3 be hydrolyzed but CCl4 cannot?. Since nitrogen is less electronegative than fluorine in $\ce{NF3}$, the electrophilic site is the ...
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What makes C=O more stable that C(OH)₂

When there are $2$ hydroxy groups on same carbon, they tend to undergo dehydration ( of course with exceptions like chloral where $\ce H$ bonding prevails). Why does this happen? We are breaking a ...
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Hydrolysis of alkali and alkaline earth metals

Which of the following cations are not hydrolysed in aqueous solution? 1) $\ce{Mg^2+}$ 2) $\ce{Ca^2+}$ 3) $\ce{Na+}$ 4) $\ce{K+}$ I thought nothing would undergo hydrolysis, so all the options would ...
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Unusual hydrolysis of methyl 2,4,6‐trimethylbenzoate

Problem 223 from Conceptual Problems in Organic Chemsitry by Singh [1, p. 367]: The given answer is b and I don't get why. Usual ester hydrolysis would've given a. I somehow managed to know that the ...
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Multiple ways of balancing a reaction [duplicate]

The reaction XeF4 + H2O gives Xe + O2 + HF + XeO3 can be balanced in more than one way and I can not understand why. Please help.
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Mechanism of alkaline hydrolysis of cyclic amide

In this mechanism, I got a pretty different mechanism from the solution. From the model answer, there is an intramolecular proton transfer just before the formation of the carboxylate ion. However, in ...
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Reasons for solid or liquid soap

Soap is made by a saponification reaction, where a fat reacts with hydroxide ions to form a surfactant and glycerol. To make a solid soap $\ce{NaOH}$ is used, while $\ce{KOH}$ is used for liquid ...
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Stability of F- Cl- Br- I-? In aqueous state [closed]

If we talk about hydrolysis F- will be more heavily hydrolysed so it should be more stable in aqueous state. But I know that HI is a stronger acid than HF. So the stability of conjugate acid ie I- ...
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Why does CCl4 not undergo hydrolysis while other chlorine-derivatives of methane do?

In one of my textbooks, I came across a question as to why does $\ce{CCl4}$ not undergo hydrolysis. The answer given went along the lines of carbon lacking a vacant d-orbital to accept the lone pair ...
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Hydrolysis of (chloromethyl)cyclopropane: Is but-3-en-1-ol a possible product?

This is from one of the practice papers for the JEE , asks for possible hydrolysis products of (chloromethyl)cyclopropane . Product A happens to be due to stability of cyclopropyl methyl carbocation. ...
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Are glycosides stable to acidic hydrolysis? [closed]

I recently read a fact about glycosides: Strong reagents like $\ce{C6H5NHNH2}$ or $\ce{NH2OH}$ are required to decompose it and acidic hydrolysis fails to do so. Why is it so? What makes it ...
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Why does Sodium Hydrogen Sulfate (Sodium Bisulfate) produce moisture?

In my chemistry lab, I have a vial of Sodium Hydrogen Sulfate (Sodium Bisulfate). I've noticed that when I take a spoonful using a spatula, the spatula gets covered in many tiny droplets, and the lid ...
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Reactions of diborane, silane, methane, aluminium, boron, sodium, phosphorus trichloride, white phosphorus and iron with water at RT [closed]

How many of the following will evolve $\ce{H2}$ gas when dissolved in water under room conditions? $\ce{B2H6},$ $\ce{SiH4},$ $\ce{CH4},$ $\ce{Al},$ $\ce{B},$ $\ce{Na},$ $\ce{PCl3},$ $\ce{P(white)},$ $\...
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Hydrolysing large molecules to reveal amino acids

Consider Oxytocin: I am asked to hydrolyze Oxytocin and reveal 5 amino acids which are the result of this hydrolysis. I must admit I have no idea where to begin. I know that generally amino acids ...