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Questions tagged [inorganic-chemistry]

Inorganic compounds generally do not have C-H bonds, while organic compounds do have such bonds. The distinction between inorganic and organic chemistry, however, is far from absolute.

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Inorganic chemistry handbook with reaction lists

There is a handy handbook on common inorganic substances' properties called "Reactivity of Inorganic Substances" (eds. R. A. Lidin, V. A. Molochko, and L. L. Andreeva). It was originally written in ...
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Why would CuSO4-EDTA drops be used in Pb titrations?

We use CuSO4-EDTA drops (4) when preparing our lead titration samples for final titration by EDTA. What mechanism would there be for adding this to a titration? What benefit does it produce on Pb ...
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Is the water absorbed by sodium polyacrylate available to react?

I'm curious whether the water absorbed by sodium polyacrylate would react with alkali metals, or be trapped by the sodium polyacrylate.
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Magnetic properties of inorganic compounds

How to tell whether $\ce{AlO2-}$ is paramagnetic or diamagnetic? I tried to calculate magnetic character of $\ce{KO2}$ by considering it is made up of $\ce{K+}$ and $\ce{O2-}$ ions and hence from MOT ...
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Periodic Table and Atomic Radius

Well Wikipedia says that the atomic radius is lowered for elements in a group closer to noble gases (same row). It also says that those elements want to keep their valence electrons more than metals, ...
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How can alumina form spinel structure?

And many researchers have established the fact gamma alumina has a cubic defect spinel strucuture, but there is only one cation ie Aluminium in alumina, so how can it form spinel structure? Also ...
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Lanthanoid Contraction

Why is the radius of Europium so unusually high and out of the general trend ? Moreover, at different sources I am getting different values of radii. In some (e.g., Wikipedia) the radii are following ...
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What does the dissociative mechanism for cis/trans interconversion of [Mo(CO)4(PPh3)2] look like?

All I can find in the literature is that the cis→trans interconversion proceeds via dissociation of one of the PPh3 ligands resulting in a square-pyramidal Cs intermediate, with the remaining PPh3 in ...
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Chemical formula [duplicate]

My textbook says the chemical formula of Bleaching powder is $\ce{Ca(OCl)Cl}$. But according to Wikipedia, the chemical formula is $\ce{Ca(OCl)2}$. Between these two formulas, there's an oxygen atom ...
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Why does the 31P{1H} NMR spectrum of cis-[Mo(CO)2(dppe)2] show two signals?

I've tried searching for literature references that explain this, finding only a single reference which refers to the two signals as originating from phosphine environments cis/trans to carbonyls, ...
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What does thermal stability of compounds depend on?

Does it somehow depend upon the lattice energy of the compound? My textbook says that Lithium carbonate is not so stable to heat and forms more stable $\ce{Li2O}$ and $\ce{CO2}$. Could it depend on ...
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How the unreactivity of lithium hydride makes it useful in synthesis of other useful hydrides? [closed]

I have seen the following chemical property of lithium hydride in the textbook which seems to be incomplete: Lithium Hydride is rather unreactive at moderate temperatures with ${O_2}$ or ${Cl_2}$...
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Why does alpha alumina have less surface area than gamma alumina?

Its been documented extensively that when gamma alumina (cubic) changes into alpha alumina (hexagonal) at temperatures around 1200 °C the specific surface area reduces considerably. What are exact ...
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Substitute molten salt bath with temperature range from 400–500 °C

I'm looking for a suitable substitute for a $\ce{NaNO2/KNO3}$ salt bath (for quite obvious reasons due to the other applications of the latter chemical). The salt mixture needs to have around 400 to ...
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Does oxyhydrogen require the presence of water to ignite?

I recently read a short story (fiction) where a major plot element was based on the expectation that a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen will not ignite unless some amount of water is present to get the ...
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Electrical resistivity [closed]

I have read that in non-metals solids the electric resistivity is reduced if we increase temperature.But this isn't logical.I mean if temperature is increased ok the electrons get extra energy but as ...
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Why do reference electrodes have porous frits or membranes as a salt bridge?

From what I understand, they act as a salt bridge between the reference electrode electrolyte and the analyte solution (in a potentiometric titration). But why do we use partially permeable membranes ...
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How does a Pt and reference electrode measure the cell potential in a potentiometric titration?

I'm trying to perform a potentiometric titration to determine the redox potential of a $\ce{Fe^3+|Fe^2+}$ couple. To do this, I am using an $\ce{Ag|AgCl}$ electrode connected to an inert $\ce{Pt}$ ...
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Why only barium and lanthanum are used for improving surface properties of alumina?

I read in a paper that the reason for enhanced surface properties of alumina after barium and lanthanum addition was that they didn't interact with the support by formation of oxide layer over the ...
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Redox reactions KMnO4 changing to brown [closed]

If potassium permanganate is added to a solution and it becomes brown is the substance a reducing agent?
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Nail polish chemistry question [closed]

When I read my ingredients on my nail polish remover, it has water as its first ingredient. Why does nail polish have water, yet the warnings still say its flammable?
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The production of what substances has a similar environmental impact to Chlorinated paraffins?

I am currently conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study in which the final product consists to a large part of Chlorinated paraffins. However, I cannot find Chlorinated paraffins as a process in ...
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Improvement of the thermal stability of hydrous zirconia by post-synthesis treatment with NaOH and NH4OH solutions

I read a paper about how researchers improved the thermal stability of hydrous zirconia by post-synthesis treatment with $\ce{NaOH}$ and $\ce{NH4OH}$.[1] While the surface area of non-treated ...
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Identify KNO3 and KH2PO4 at home

I am not expert in chemistry. I need to find a way to identify a $\ce{KNO3}$ and $\ce{KH2PO4}$ powder at home. I suspect the seller gave me the wrong powder. What is a simple way to test between these ...
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Does aluminum oxide react with rubidium?

I have rubidium vapor inside of the vacuum chamber. Inside the vacuum chamber, there are two flat stainless steel coated with aluminum oxide at temperature ~100 °C. Since rubidium is active, I am ...
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Instead of using an Ag/AgCl electrode, can I simply use another beaker and connect it to my solution via a salt bridge? [closed]

I'm trying to perform a potentiometric titration as part of my high school laboratory work, by reducing iron(III) to iron(II), and measuring the voltage change as I add cobalt(II) (to reduce it). The ...
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Formation of radioactive metals alloy

Can we make an alloy from radioactive metals? I want to make an alloy from tungsten and plutonium for making a new radioactive material for nuclear reactions. Is it possible? If it is, how effective ...
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Electric conductivity

Well I was wondering why some materials have a higher resistivity than others . So I took two elements randomly . I picked carbon and silicon . Carbon has lower resistivity than silicon and obviously ...
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How much of Ag has formed on the Cu tile?

$\pu{9.547 g}$ $\ce{Cu}$ tile is added to an $\ce{AgNO3}$ solution. After some time, $\ce{Cu}$ was taken out of the solution, washed, dried and weighed. The mass appeared to be $\pu{9.983 g}$. How ...
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Unusual oxidation states of alkali metals

When going through list of oxidation states on Wikipedia I encounterd there that sodium, potassium, rubidium and caesium exhibit oxidation states of -1, but not lithium, even though its ...
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Mass fraction in a mixture of metal salts given the total mass of the metal

I am trying to solve a question in my study and I don't get the answer required. A mixture of $\ce{NaNO3}$ and $\ce{Na2SO4}$ weight $5.37$ grams, the $\ce{Na}$ = $1.61$ grams. What is the ...
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Chemical formula of fluoroapatite

My textbook says the formula for fluoroapatite is $\ce{CaF2 * 3Ca3(PO4)2}$, whereas according to Wikipedia it's $\ce{Ca5(PO4)3F}$. What is the correct chemical formula of fluoroapatite and why there ...
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Why can't Cu + HCl -> CuCl2 + H2 happen? [closed]

1)How can I tell if a reaction like Zn + Hcl -> ZnCl2 + H2 can happen or not? 2)How can I tell if a reaction forms a precipitate and how do I know where the arrow goes? Like 2 AgNO3 + K2CrO4 -> ...
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Structure of pyrophosphorous acid

What is the structure of pyrophosphorous acid? I asked this question here because the answer which I found on web and other resources are inconsistent which each other. For example, following data is ...
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Precipitation of AgCl from the tap water solution of the group 2 chloride

I had this question about an experiment where the group 2 chloride was dissolved in distilled water and excess $\ce{AgNO3}$ was added to the solution to form $\ce{AgCl}$ precipitate. One of the sub-...
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Why this redox equation occurs on basic medium?

I have the following redox equation that I need to balance: $$\ce{MnO4-(aq) + SO3^2-(aq) → MnO2(s) + SO4^2-(aq)}$$ The problem says that it happens on basic medium, but I don't see the $\ce{OH-}$ ...
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Why do aromatic compounds have an upfield shift upon coordination to metals?

Why do aromatic compounds have an upfield shift upon coordination to metals e.g. ferrocene? The 1H NMR shows a single environment at ~4.1 ppm. This is in contrast to the usual aromatic shift of ...
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Why sp3 hybridisation in NH3 but bonding with pure p orbitals in case of other hydrides of group 15 [duplicate]

According to my book, the following line was given relating to the bond angle in Group 15 elements The bond angle in PH3, AsH3 and SbH3 is close to 92° which suggests that the orbitals used for ...
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Why BiCl5 isn't stable?

I read this in a textbook: $\ce{Bi(V)}$ is very unstable and is a good oxidizing agent. Why does it happen that way? Is it because in $\pu{+5}$ oxidation state $\ce{Bi}$ pulls in more electrons ...
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Applications of magnesium sulfate monohydrate MgSO4 · H2O

How is magnesium sulfate monohydrate $\ce{MgSO4 * H2O}$ used for in chemistry and how does it work as a valuable laboratory drying agent? I could not find too much information in my book or the ...
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Questions on Neutral oxides

Neutral oxides, are non metal oxides which are neither acidic nor basic. I have noticed a pattern for neutral oxides which I am unsure actually holds true. $\ce{CO}$, $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{NO}$ and $\ce{...
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What is the difference between exhaust cement to furnace cement

Exhaust cement and furnace cement appears to have,more all less,similar properties.Them both based on sodium silicates which resist high temperatures. I assume that they are not made exactly the same,...
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Why ammonium hydroxide precipitates metal salts?

When I was going through the chapter on pnicotgens, I got to know that ammonia acts as a Lewis base and it dissociates in water giving out hydroxide ion and the further hydroxide of ammonia, which we ...
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Determining the formula of zirconium oxide

I am doing the following question (from the 1988 HSC Chemistry paper): In the 19th Century the atomic weight of zirconium (Zr) was known but there was considerable doubt about the formula of ...
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How to calculate the volume or mass of carbon dioxide gas absorbed by a calcium hydroxide solution?

Carbon dioxide reacts with calcium hydroxide as shown by the equation: $$\ce{Ca(OH)2 (aq) + CO2 (g) -> CaCO3 (s) + H2O (l)}$$ A solution containing $\pu{0.1 mol}$ of calcium hydroxide reacts ...
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What is the oxidation state of bromine in BrO3?

I came across this compound $\ce{BrO3}$ in my textbook, and was trying to find the oxidation state of bromine. This is how I proceeded: Since this is not a superoxide or a peroxide, or any other ...
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Rate of hydrolysis of silicon tetrahalides

Concise Inorganic Chemistry for JEE(Main and Advanced) by JD Lee(Third Edition) writes If we compare the rate of hydrolysis for $\ce{SiX4}$(where X= F,Cl,Br,I), it is in the same order as that of ...
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What alkali and alkaline earth metal oxides will turn moist red litmus blue and finally white? [closed]

How many of the following will turn moist red litmus blue and finally white? $\ce{Li2O}$, $\ce{KO3}$, $\ce{RbO2}$, $\ce{Cs2O2}$, $\ce{BeO}$, $\ce{MgO}$, $\ce{BaO2}$, $\ce{SrO}$. Since bleach ...
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Which atom bears the negative charge in cyanide? I am confused by the MO diagram

In heteronuclear species, whichever atomic orbital a molecular orbital is closer to in energy contributes more to that molecular orbital, right? In other words, if the orbital is occupied, more ...
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How do I interpret characters that are not 1 or -1 in a point group table?

When the character in a point group table is listed as 1 or -1, I understand how an object/orbital etc. transforms to give either itself or the negative of itself. When the character in a point ...