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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 is boric acid soapy to touch?

Bases are soapy to touch because of soap formation on contact with lipids present on our skin. If this is the case then why and how is boric acid soapy to touch?
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Water exchange at Al (III)

Why is the rate of water exchange at Al(III) centres so slow ? According to this medical book (p.5) it is $10^{5}$ times faster at Mg(II).
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What is the Structure of FeSO₄ • NO?

What is the structure of $\ce{FeSO4 \cdot NO}$ that is formed when $\ce{NO}$ is passed through ferrous sulfate solution? If it is a brown ring complex then why does the complex sphere break upon ...
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Can olivine be used to make glass?

This concerns ongoing work to find a plausible approach to large-scale production of clear glass on the Moon. It's for an ultra-hard science fiction project and I really want to get it right. Olivine ...
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Industrial synthesis of hydrazine

Not a duplicate of Hydrazine synthesis - I know what hydrazine is and am not going near it voluntarily! Looked at this resource on the Internet which cites three major commercial-scale processes: $\...
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19F NMR of hexafluorobromine(VII) cation

$\ce{[BrF6]+}$ is an octahedral species, and should have only one fluorine environment due to the symmetry. $\ce{Br}$ has nuclear spin $I=3/2$ and therefore is unlikely to cause splitting due to rapid ...
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The IUPAC name of sodium nitroprusside, and back-bonding in it

In the standard test for the sulfide ion, sodium nitroprusside $(\ce{Na^_2[Fe(CN)5(NO)]})$ is used. The IUPAC name for this compound as stated by Wikipedia is sodium pentacyanidonitrosylferrate(II) I ...
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Structure of Ca2B6O11

What is its structure? I found an image of $\ce{B6O11}$ unit, but it looks incorrect: The top left corner one. The oxygen can make max 2 bonds but atom $\mathrm{O8}$ has three! There are ...
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Why do octahedral metal ligand complexes have greater splitting than tetrahedral complexes?

Octahedral complexes have greater splitting in the d orbitals. Is it because octahedral complexes have more atoms and thus more interactions?
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Activated Carbon - Desorption in sunlight?

I have some activated charcoal pads or small "pillows" that can be used to adsorb odors and chemical fumes from different materials. The instructions say to put them out in sunlight to reactivate ...
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Existence of Dichlorine Pentoxide

I searched the net and a lot of books, but I was unable to find any information about dichlorine pentoxide. Does dichlorine pentoxide($\ce{Cl2O5}$) exist? If it doesn't exist, then why so? If ...
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Anomalous electronic configurations

Cu has an anomalous electron configuration. $\ce{Cu ~=~ 1s^2~2s^2~2p^6~3s^2~3p^6~4s^1~3d^{10}}$, it does not follow the usual pattern. In this case, the 3d subshell is filled before the 4s, which ...
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Can PBE (and LDA) actually be a better choice sometimes?

Part of my work as an inorganic chemist is to investigate the magnetic coupling between metallic centers in coordination compounds. After some time, I've noticed that the classic PBE functional is the ...
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In molecular orbital theory, why does s-p mixing in the dinitrogen molecule not effect the 1σᵤ orbital?

s-p mixing in $\ce{N2}$ causes the $1\sigma _g$ orbital to decrease in energy, the $2 \sigma _g$ orbital to increase in energy (to higher than the $1 \pi _u$) yet the $1 \sigma _u$ is left unchanged ...
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Does any chirality-dependent inorganic chemical reaction exist?

In the particle physics, there are non mirror-symmetric reactions. In the organic chemistry, particularly in complex proteins, there are reactions producing only a single chirality of molecules. But ...
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Densest hydrogen storage medium [closed]

What compounds or nanostructures contain the most hydrogen atoms per unit of volume in realistic conditions (under 1 GPa). Particularly boron-free compounds because it's to be used in sci-fi nuclear ...
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Explanation for why nickel turns green in hydrochloric acid

My daughter has a chemistry test that I am helping her prepare for. One question is Nickel sulfate, $\ce{NiSO4(aq)}$ is a green solution. Nickel chloride, $\ce{NiCl2(aq)},$ is a yellow solution. If ...
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Why does the solubility of Group II hydroxides increase and the solubility of sulphates decrease down the group?

I know that, solubility of alkaline earth metal hydroxides increases down the group and solubility of alkaline earth metal sulfates decreases down the group. I wish to understand the reason for these ...
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How does strength of boric acid solution increase in presence of salicylic acid?

A while ago, I read that salicylic acid can make boric acid solution strongly acidic when it's added to it. To my knowledge, I know that boric acid becomes a strong acid in presence of cis-diols (...
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Would sodium explode in salt water?

I’ve seen the video etc of sodium being put into freshwater and the reaction of flames/small explosion but I wonder if the same reaction would occur if conducted in salt water such as the ocean.
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Can Fe(CO)5 adopt both square pyramidal and trigonal bipyramidal geometries?

I know the hybridization of $\ce{Fe(CO)5}$ is $\mathrm{dsp^3}$. According to my book, coordination compounds with coordination number 5 can interchange between square pyramidal and trigonal ...
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Why is fluorine the most electronegative atom?

It seems related to the atomic size but hydrogen has a smaller atomic size than fluorine. Why is fluorine the most electronegative atom?
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Why Cu+ is unstable in aqueous medium?

This was one of the question that was given in the school exam. But what I am expecting is that $\ce{Cu+}$ attains a $d^{10}$ configuration by losing one electron from s-subshell. Since it has fully ...
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Dihedral angle of gaseous and crystalline HOOH

Why does hydrogen peroxide exhibit a dihedral angle of 111.5 degrees in the gaseous state? And a dihedral angle of 90.2 degrees in the crystalline phase? I know that in general, there is likely to ...
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Does SiO compound exist?

If carbon monoxide can exist then why can't we have silicon monoxide? Both carbon and silicon belong to group 14 and have similar chemical properties.
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What is the difference between “atomic hydrogen” and “nascent hydrogen”?

My book (Comprehensive Chemistry by Dr. N . K. Verma, S. K. Khanna, Dr. B. Kapila) mentions two forms of hydrogen — "atomic" & "nascent". It says that these two forms of hydrogen are more ...
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Why CCl4 does not dissolve in water while SiCl4 does?

Why $\ce{CCl4}$ does not dissolve in water while $\ce{SiCl4}$ does? Does it have to do with d-orbitals? If yes, then how are they related?
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What is the difference between hydroxyl, hydroxide and hydroxy?

Is there any difference between hydroxide, hydroxyl, and hydroxy used in chemistry or are they all the same?
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CuCl2 has colour but CuCl does not

$\ce{CuCl2}$ is green in colour while $\ce{CuCl}$ is white. What is the reason for this? Is it because the first compound exists as a complex ion and has d-d transitions?
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Why is Borax used as a primary standard?

It's given in my book that borax is a useful primary standard for titrating against acids. I have heard that primary standard is a pure reagent and does not gain any weight by absorbing moisture. (...
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What do these mineral classification symbols mean?

For my birthday I got an awesome mineral specimen case, as pictured below. What piqued my interest was the notations in the lid where the minerals are described with 5 specifications: C (obviously for ...
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Purpose of ammine in Tollens' reagent

In this previous question the mechanism for the reaction of Tollens' reagent was outlined. As I understand it the oxidising agent in Tollens' is the diamminesilver(I) complex $\ce{[Ag(NH3)2]+}$ but ...
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Do hydrogen halides (HX) form strong or weak acids?

I know that when dissolved in water, hydrogen halides ($\ce{H-X}$), become acids. I know that $\ce{HF}$ forms a weak acid, but can it be generalized that all $\ce{HX}$ acids do so?
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Alloys for inkless metal pen

What alloys can be used to make a metal pencil like this one?
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Why is (NH4)2[CuCl4] square planar complex but Cs2[CuCl4] is tetrahedral?

Why is $\ce{(NH4)2[CuCl4]}$ square planar complex but $\ce{Cs2[CuCl4]}$ is tetrahedral even though both have same oxidation number of copper and same ligands?
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Why is electronegativity increasing with oxidation state increase?

I may be a rudimentary fact or something really "not-that-hard-to-figure-out", but In inorganic chemistry it is common to consider a single value of the electronegativity to be valid for most "...
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Does NaOH react with K to form NaOK or KOH?

I realized that the $\ce{-OH}$ group when it reacts with some metal like $\ce{Na}$ or $\ce{K}$ will replace the $\ce{H}$ element to form $\ce{-OK}$ or $\ce{-ONa}$: \begin{align} \ce{H2O + Na &...
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Where to find common inorganic/organometallic molecules?

I'm working on a project to create a large open repository of quantum calculations, largely for teaching purposes. I can get thousands of common organic compounds easily from sources like PubChem or ...
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What would happen if someone consumed a Silica Gel Packet? [closed]

Most packaged goods have the tiny Silica Gel Packets packed along with a clear warning on every single packet. My question is: What hazards of desiccant silica gel are they concerned about that it is ...
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What is the alternative to chromyl chloride test?

Chromyl chloride test is by far the best test to determine the presence of chloride ions in a salt because no analogous compounds are formed with fluorides, bromides, iodides and cyanides, so this ...
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How do you calculate a unit cell's dimensions from an XRD spectra?

My inorganic lab had us do an XRD measurement, but I've never been explained how to interpret the data. Question: Calculate the unit cell dimensions $a$, $b$, and $c$, for $\ce{YBa2Cu3O7}$ from ...
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Why can't phosphorus trifluoride be used as a Lewis acid catalyst in electrophilic substitution of benzene?

Which of the following cannot be used as Lewis acid in the electrophilic substitution of benzene? $\ce{BF3}$ $\ce{SbCl3}$ $\ce{FeCl3}$ $\ce{PF3}$ My Attempt: $\ce{BF3}$ and $\ce{...
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Explanation of bond angles in the aluminium chloride dimer

In order to attain stability $\ce{AlCl3}$ dimerises to $\ce{Al2Cl6}$ whose structure is depicted as: I want to understand why one of the bond angles is $79^\circ$ and the other $118^\circ$. Is it ...
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Which is more basic, hydrazine or ammonia?

Which of the following will be more basic, hydrazine $\ce{H2N-NH2}$ or ammonia $\ce{NH3}$? My chemistry teacher said that $\ce{NH3}$ is more basic since after giving $\ce{H+}$ to hydrazine results in ...
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Terminal Alkyne in Suzuki Coupling

I've done a very similar reaction to the one below but by TLC I observe only starting materials. It's super clear that nothing else is going on. Conditions: K3PO4, Pd(dppf)Cl2, dioxane/water, heat to ...
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If d-electrons are such poor shielders, why do trends increase more gradually across the d-block than the s or p-block?

If I understand correctly, the shielding effect of d- (and f-) electrons seems to be much poorer than those of s- and p-electrons, due to the fact that they are less penetrating, have less electron ...
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What does a comma signify in inorganic chemistry?

$\ce{(Ca{,}Co)CO3}$ I have never ever seen this before. What does this mean exactly?
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Oxidation state of fluorine in HOF

What should be the oxidation state of $\ce{F}$ in $\ce{HOF}$. As fluorine is the most electronegative element in the periodic table, it should be $-1$. But when I googled it, I found that many ...
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Magnetic moment μ approximation

I've been reading a bit about the magnetic moment (spin-only) $\mu_{s.o}$ where they give a formula relating this to the number of unpaired electrons $$\mu_{s.o}=\sqrt{n(n+2)}$$ where $n$ is the ...
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How can the equilibrium shift, while Kc remains constant?

Consider the following reversible reaction. $$\ce{Cr2O7^2-(aq) + H2O(l) <=> 2 CrO4^2-(aq) + 2 H+(aq)}$$ What will happen to the position of equilibrium and the value of $K_c$ when more ...