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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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Why are palladium and platinum carbonyls unstable at room temperature?

By palladium and platinum carbonyls, I mean the mononuclear, homoleptic, charge-neutral, binary carbonyl complexes of the form $\ce{M(CO)_n}$ and not any heteroleptic complexes like $\ce{Pd(CO)(PPh3)3}...
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Does this binary compound of C and N - isoelectronic with carbon suboxide - exist?

I am a mathematician not a chemist, so my questions are naive and rather combinatorial. I am intrigued by the possibility of the following compound: $$\ce{N- = N+ = C = N+ = N-}$$ which ought to ...
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What is d-orbital collapse?

When I was perusing the works of Schwarz on atomic structure, I came across the unfamiliar term of d-orbital collapse. He describes it as a variation in energetic sequence from group 1 to 3 elements ...
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Can I make Ferrofluid without evaporating Ammonium?

I want to make ferrofluid, which is ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier fluid. Three methods I have seen involve using magnetic ink (for MICR codes), cassette tapes, or ferric chloride as ...
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Have IH₃ and IH₅ already been synthesized?

I've seen a paper by Sikalov [1] that says that $\ce{IH3}$ and $\ce{IH5}$ should be observable. Has anyone actually tried to synthesize such molecules? References Sikalov, A. A. Hypervalent Halogen ...
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What is this golden looking substance?

I am currently messing around with gallium compromising aluminum. I am using a titalium lock which is just a brand of aluminum padlock and I put a gallium-indium euctic alloy on the surface of it. It’...
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Identifying Alkyl Ligands as Pi Donors or Pi Acceptors in Transition Metal Complexes

Just wondering if there was a systematic way to identify an alkyl ligand as a $\pi$ acceptor or $\pi$ donor in a transition metal complex? Although various sources indicate that weak field ligands ...
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Mathematical relation between bond angle and fraction of s or p character

In Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D.Lee (Adapted by Sudarsan Guha, Fourth Edition), on page 75, under the topic "Effect of Electronegativity - When the surrounding atom is same with different ...
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Use of cryolite and fluorspar in electrolytic reduction of pure alumina by Hall-Héroult process

Cryolite $\ce{(Na3AlF6)}$ and fluorspar $\ce{(CaF2)}$ are added to alumina to lower the temperature of the mixture from $\pu{2000 °C}$ to about $\pu{900 °C}$ and also to increase the conductance. But ...
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Why does lithium aluminium hydride appear grey?

Commercial lithium aluminium hydride is a grey compound, which loses a lot of reactivity the darker it is. Luckily you can clean it up to get the reactive white compound and the separated grey ...
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How well will molten iron chrysolite (fayalite) react with hydrogen?

The equation balances nicely, but would the reaction tend to proceed this way? What temperature and time would be needed? $\ce{Fe2SiO4 + 2H2 -> 2H2O + 2Fe + SiO2}$ There is no problem with ...
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Why does tantalum and tungsten not form amalgam?

User @Poutnik has recently answered a question in which he/she quoted this statement from Wikipedia: Almost all metals can form amalgams with mercury, the notable exceptions being iron, platinum, ...
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Why can't beryllium react with hydrogen gas directly to give hydride?

I read in a textbook that all alkali metal and alkaline earth metal can react with hydrogen directly to give hydride except for beryllium. I want to know the reason why because I know that $\ce{BeH2}$ ...
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Going from La to Ce, why is the extra electron added into the 4f orbital?

So, I am studying electronic configuration but the elements of the series of the lanthanides confused me. The electronic configuration of $\ce{La}$ is $\mathrm{6s^2\,5d^1}$ and that of cerium is $\...
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Is iron(III) carbonate stable in water?

I searched for this onsite already, and also found the following answer on Quora: In aqueous environment, iron(III) is bound by water molecules and exists as $\ce{[Fe(H2O)6]^3+}$. Due to strong ...
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Mechanism for the decomposition of HI

I've been trying to find the mechanism for the gas phase decomposition of hydrogen iodide: $$\ce{ 2 HI (g) <=> H2 (g) + I2 (g)} $$ Anyone know of sources where I can get information on this? I ...
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Is there a selective wet etch of Bi2O3 Bismuth Oxide?

I'm looking for a wet etch of Bismuth Oxide that does not etch $\ce{Bi}$ itself. There are obviously chemicals that etch $\ce{Bi2O3}$, but $\ce{Bi}$ is pretty fragile, so almost everything I've found ...
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Methylation of perchlorate

I am exploring (non-experimentally!) the methylation of a perchlorate precursor, either the acid or pre-existing salts, to produce the alkali methyl perchlorate. The methylating agent would be methane ...
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Isolating radium oxide

Why is radium oxide yet to be isolated when a wide range of other radium (II) compounds are known ?
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What is the most accepted explanation of aurophilicity?

Gold has a special property called aurophilicity. Inorganic chemistry by Huheey has some explanation, but that was not enough to clear the conception.
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Ligand strength - Coulombic effect and/or Electronegativities?

According to my teacher, these three Lewis bases generally decrease in strength in the following order: Ammonia Water Hydroxide ion I agree. However, he argues that their ability to act as Lewis ...
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Is it possible to produce sulfuric acid at large scale by oxidizing and hydrating pyrite?

I was reading The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell, which is a book about recreating our technology from scratch should we experience a civilization-ending apocalypse. The author thinks that acquiring ...
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Interference of Ca-EDTA with fluoride delivery in mouthwash

The goal of fluoride mouthwash is to deliver $\ce{F-}$ to the surface of the teeth to turn hydroxyapatite in the dental enamel into fluorapatite. Typically sodium fluoride or stannous fluoride are ...
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What is tetrasulfur like? Why is there so little experimental information about it?

Phys.org's How sulfur helped make Earth habitable before the rise of oxygen says Mapping the bonds and vibrational modes of molecules containing sulfur isotopes is helping to shed light on the ...
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diborane fragment orbitals energy of dihydrogen

I want to ask a question about the fragment orbitals of the $\ce{B2H6}$ system, specifically when I combine the $\ce{B2H4}$ with the $\ce{H2}$ fragments. I am halfway through my inorganic chemistry ...
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Why is there no effective alternative to metal salts in antiperspirants?

Metal salts, especially aluminum compounds are used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. I found out aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which is found in most antiperspirants, undergoes an acid-base ...
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What is the magnetic moment of potassium hexacyanochromate(II)?

I calculated the magnetic moment of $\ce{K4[Cr(CN)6]}$? in the following way: $\ce{Cr^{+2}}$ has $4$ d electrons. And since $\ce{CN-}$ is a strong field ligand, the electrons will pair up in the $\...
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Why is gunpowder urinated on in Blood Meridian?

An interesting section of Blood Meridian (1985) by Cormac McCarthy has the gang of "Indian fighters" surrounded and out of powder, so one of them manages to make it from scratch, making charcoal from ...
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Why is bis(1,2,2,6,6-Pentamethyl-4-Piperidinyl) Sebacate used as a “bottom coat” for a superhydrophobic coating?

According to this MSDS sheet, a compound named bis(1,2,2,6,6-Pentamethyl-4-Piperidinyl) Sebacate is used in the "bottom coat" layer before a "top coat" of superhydrophobic NeverWet coating is applied. ...
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Comparing Acidic Strength of H3PO4 and H3AsO4

The $pKa$ values for H3AsO4 and H3PO4 are $2.30$ and $2.12$ which indicate that H3PO4 is a stronger acid compared to H3AsO4. I looked up their electronegativity values to find that they are almost the ...
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Why are bicarbonates of alkaline earth metals stable only in aqueous solution?

Numerous internet sources (1, 2, 3, etc.) state this fact, including a Wiley publication "Alkaline Earth Metals: Inorganic Chemistry - William S. Rees Jr" (DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia005) on page 9: ...
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Why isn't orthoboric acid soluble in cold water even though it has polar B-OH bonds?

This is the information I found regarding orthoboric acid's solubility: Textbook (NCERT India): Sparingly soluble in water (didn't say what temperature - presumably cold) and highly soluble in hot ...
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Does the wavelength of light absorbed by a complex depend upon extent of splitting or stability?

Background: we were doing Crystal Field Theory in school when this question popped up. Specifically we were talking about stability obtained due to the chelate effect and if the extra stability in a ...
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Why do nitrogen molecules not act as ligands in haemoglobin?

Nitrogen molecules $(\ce{N2})$ have lone pairs, which, as far as I know, is the property of oxygen molecules $(\ce{O2})$ that allows them to act as ligands bonding to iron in haemoglobin in the blood. ...
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Wade's rules applied to metallic elements

There are many examples of metallic clusters that distort from the structure predicted by Wade's rules to a more 'spherical', closo-like arrangement. For example, $\ce{Bi8^2+}$ is a square antiprism ...
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What are the factors that affect the redox reactions?

In my work, I used $\ce{Co(OH)2}$ and $\ce{Ni(OH)2}$ as an active materials to fabricate as symmetric supercapacitors in which I used 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium dicyanamide as an electrolyte. From ...
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Cytotoxicity of Ru-complexes

I have a basic question: why are Ru(II)-complexes cytotoxic? What I know is that depending on the used ligand some of them interact with the DNA either via DNA-pi-stacking (intercalation) or binding ...
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Coordination Numbers and Hybridization schemes of anions

Draw the molecular structures of (a) the borax anion, $\ce{[B4O5(OH)4]^2-}$ (b) the peroxoborate anion, $\ce{[B2(O2)2(OH)4]^2-}$ ...
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Compounds that Liberate Hydrogen from Water, Reversibly

I'm working on a paper which provides an overview of all the current methods for storing hydrogen gas as part of a renewable energy system, and I understand compressed gas and metal hydride storage ...
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On what factors does the true reaction Stoichiometry depend when there are multiple valid options?

Consider the following unbalanced reaction: $$\ce{XeF4 + H2O -> Xe + XeO2 + HF + O2}$$ There are six variables to be solved, but only four equations linking them. I solved the set of equations ...
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How do native sulfur crystals form?

I was visiting an elements exhibition in the Ulster Museum (Northern Ireland) and there were these native sulfur crystals on display. My question is how do sulfur crystals like these form in nature? ...
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I found transition states (TS), but calculations aren't supported by experiment. Do I look for more TSs or somewhere else?

I'm using Gaussian to investigate a catalyst system. Experimental evidence showed that one of three analogues (R = phenyl, Ph), yielded a benzosultam when treated with 2,4,6-...
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Why do NaNO3 + Al + NaOH yield ammonia?

From Russian test problem 4301: $$\ce{3NaNO3 + 8Al + 5NaOH + 18H2O -> 8Na[Al(OH)4] + 3NH3(g)}$$ How does ammonia evolve here? Is it that we get hydrogen gas evolving in the reaction between Al ...
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Can compounds found in concrete leach into soil against gravity?

I spent a while trying to figure out which stackexchange site in which to post this question, forgive me if I got it wrong. A number of scholarly articles indicate that concrete can leach calcium ...
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Combustion of halo-organic compound

My question is based on the Preparatory Problem Set for the 47th IChO Problem 26 - Holy War against Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (it is on page 36). It is written that cooling of Y combustion ...
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How to rationalise the trend in the covalent radii of the transition metals?

Why do the covalent radii of transition series decrease at the start rapidly, then become almost constant and at the end of series begin to increase from left to right in periodic table?
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How many lumens from 1 gram of flash powder

Does somebody know how many lumens we get from lighting 1 gram of flash powder in pure oxygen (or normal) environment? I'm thinking about $\ce{KClO_4} $ (60%) + $\ce{Al}$ (40%) flash powder and quite ...
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Is there a difference between hydrated oxides and hydroxides?

My guess is that they are different. I think hydrated oxides would have a lattice with the cation and oxide anions as lattice points and molecules of water trapped in interstitial spaces, while ...
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Symmetry Adapted molecular orbitals of Formaldehyde

I am currently trying to find the Symmetry Adapted linear Combinations (SALCs) of Formaldehyde $\ce{H2C=O}$, and use the 1s orbitals on the hydrogen atoms, and 2s, 2px, 2py and 2pz orbitals on the ...
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Molecular orbital diagram of CO and charge localisation

MO diagram of CO My question concerns the interpretation of the Molecular Orbital of CO. I think I find it clear how you build it but I have some concerns about how you rationalize it. Particularly, ...

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