Questions tagged [reactivity]

Applied to a chemical species, the term expresses a kinetic property in reference to another species. The tag should be applied to questions seeking answers with respect to the reactivity (or unreactivity) of a certain chemical compound, species, molecular entity and/or functional groups. It must not be applied to questions about the stability of certain chemical species.

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Reactivity of dinitrogen vs carbon monoxide [closed]

As far as I understand, the 3-fold bonds in $\ce{N2}$ (dinitrogen) and $\ce{CO}$ (carbon monoxide) are the strongest among all bonds. This explains why $\ce{N2}$ is inert and not reactive at all. But ...
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How much sodium hydroxide would it take to dissolve one tonne of bauxite? [closed]

Generally speaking what proportion of NaOH would be typically required to dissolve one tonne of crushed bauxite of average purity? Also are varying quantities required for gibbsite, böhmite and ...
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Why are Friedel Crafts reaction not possible for molecules less activated than benzene?

I know that Friedel Crafts alkylation reaction are not possible for aniline and phenol since they form complexes with Lewis Acids. But our teacher told us that Friedel Crafts reactions aren't possible ...
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Which is the most reactive metal: Caesium or Francium? [duplicate]

I searched on Wikipedia for reactivity series but it showed me Caesium as the most reactive metal. I know and have studied that reactivity increases as we go down the first group. Then shouldn’t it be ...
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Why is the top SN2 reaction faster? (Molecular Orbital Theory)

I'm having trouble understanding why the top SN2 reaction proceeds faster. I know that benzylic and allylic halides react faster in SN2 reactions than non-conjugated halides. I think it's because the ...
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Reason behind more Reactivity of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons [closed]

My textbook says that unsaturated hydrocarbons are more reactive than saturated ones. But double and triple bonds are stronger than single bonds. What is the explanation for this?
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Is the speed of sound the fastest rate that a chemical reaction can progress through a substance?

I read that a martensitic transformation can travel at the speed of sound in that material. Is that confirmed as being the fastest speed of a chemical reaction (transformation)?
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Is Gibbs energy minimized for processes at constant temperature are pressure only?

I've had this doubt for quite a while, This link https://chem.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Physical_and_Theoretical_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Map%3A_Physical_Chemistry_for_the_Biosciences_(Chang)/04%...
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Is the activation energy always inversely proportional to the reaction rate?

When I obtained the activation energy using the Arrhenius equation for a 10-minute glowstick (rapid, rigorous reaction), it was almost 4 times that of a 12-hour glowstick (slow, mild reaction). ...
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When aluminium is ignited in atmosphere, will it form only aluminium oxide or also aluminium nitride?

We know when lithium is burnt in air, it forms lithium nitride and lithium oxide. I am wondering if this applies to aluminium (other metals) also?
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What are the properties of COₓ where x ≥ 3?

$\ce{CO_x}$ are part of the oxocarbon molecule class. Commonly known are $\ce{CO}$ and $\ce{CO2}.$ However, there are molecules in which $x$ is equal to or larger than $3.$ Those molecules are barely ...
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Selectivity of diazo-coupling with p-amino phenol

I came across this question and I've been thinking about it since, without being able to find a convincing major product. This question is related to one I found on this site, Diazo Coupling reaction ...
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What is the order of acidity for hydrogens in primary, secondary and tertiary alkanes, alkenes, and cycloalkanes [duplicate]

The bond dissociation energies of C-H bonds in alkanes, alkenes and aromatic compounds decrease in the following order: primary > secondary > tertiary > allylic > benzylic. The weaker the bond, the ...
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Why cobalt reacts favorably with nitrogen?

I used also iron, nickel, zinc, copper. However, cobalt gives the easiest and straight forward yield of nitrides (XPS and SAED verified). It is so easy to get cobalt nitride that I don't even have to ...
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Why does the rusting process start from the bent/squeezed portion of iron?

I have noticed that the rusting of iron starts from the squeezed or bent parts of iron piece. I want to know what is the peculiar reason for the observation that rusting starts from bent or irregular ...
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What exactly is an 'activated' alcohol? Benzylic vs. Allylic vs. Aliphatic

I'm currently writing a report about the oxidations of various alcohols using different catalytic systems. In all papers it is stated that benzylic and allylic alcohols are "activated", while ...
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How to increase the conversion for the reaction between 2-acetylpyridine and diamine?

I tried refluxing in toluene using activated molecular sieves to absorb any water produced (didn't use Dean-Stark trap as it's a very small scale reaction). This reaction isn't going by changing the ...
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Why is the bottom white in a lucas test?

Consider this positive result from the Lucas test (adding $\ce{ZnCl2/HCl}$ to a tertiary alcohol): My question is quite straightforward but I can't find the answer. What is in the top layer (thin and ...
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What is the Reactivity order of alkali metals towards hydrogen?

I had read that reactivity of alkali metals towards oxygen is increasing down the group.But the reactivity of the alkali metals decrease down the group towards hydrogen. The reason given in my book is ...
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Why do bubbles form when a reactive metal is placed in a less reactive metal's salt solution?

What is the gas that if formed when a reactive metal is placed in a salt solution of a less reactive metal? Theoretically, it should just be a simple displacement. I know that this question has been ...
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What happened to the Klopman - Salem equation?

I am relatively new and interested in the field of theoretical chemistry. I just stumpled across the Klopman - Salem equation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klopman-Salem_equation). In daily life, ...
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Reaction of aqueous sodium carbonate with aluminum foil

Aqueous sodium hydroxide is known to react with aluminum foil in an exothermic, hydrogen-gas releasing reaction like $$\ce{2NaOH(aq) + 2Al(s) + 2H2O(\ell) → 2NaAlO2(aq) + 3H2(g)}$$ However, on ...
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Does bicarbonation require water?

In an aqueous solution of $\ce{NaOH}$ exposed to the atmosphere one can probably expect some degree of $$\ce{NaOH(aq) + CO2(g) -> NaHCO3 (aq)}$$ But, what would happen if just a solid block of $\...
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Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Pyrrole [duplicate]

I thought that I already know how the Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (EArs) for Aromatic rings work but then this reaction was shown to me and I was really sure that my professors didn't bothered ...
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Why do counterions influence reactivity in compounds such as LAH and borohydride?

My Organic Chemistry text (Klein) provides a "simplified" mechanism for Lithium Aluminum Hydride reductions. He notes that certain elements of the mechanism, such as the "role played by the lithium ...
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Reaction between chlorine gas and oxygen at 600 degrees Centigrade

Chlorine gas will not normally react with oxygen gas directly at STP. However, would the two react at standard pressure and 600 degrees Centigrade?
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Will Chlorodifluoromethane (R22 refrigerant) react with calcium metal?

I am attempting to recycle or find a use for chlorodifluoromethane, however I do not want to risk venting it into the atmosphere or exposing myself to hydrofluoric acid. Ideally, I would like to ...
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NaOH vs Polypropylene

This source lists polypropylene as suitable for use with NaOH. However, this paper seems to demonstrate that NaOH slowly degrades polypropylene (even at fairly moderate temperatures). Does anyone ...
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Highly concentrated NaOH solution at high temperature vs borosilicate glassware and cellulose?

I've read here on stack-exchange that NaOH will react with glass through the following reaction: 4 NaOH + SiO2 ⤑ Na4SiO4 + 2 H2O I would like to briefly heat a highly concentrated NaOH solution to ...
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What effect does a quaternary ammonium compound have on uric acid (urine)

What effect does an Amine based quaternary ammonium compound have on urea/uric acid? Will an amine based quaternary ammonium product react with uric acid and get rid of the smell?
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Why do the induction effects of fluorobenzene decrease electrophilic addition reactivity, conjugation effects increase selectivity?

Fluorobenzene shows signs of both the electron withdrawing and electron donating groups on benzene. Electrophilic substitution to the ring is less reactive because the fluorine is very electronegative ...
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Will silicon dioxide react with hydrochloric acid?

I have the following equation, based on the reaction of $\ce{SiO2}$ with $\ce{HF}:$ $$\ce{SiO2 + HCl -> SiCl4 + 2 H2O}$$ I want to know if this reaction is indeed feasible, what conditions may be ...
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why lithium is less reactive than sodium? [duplicate]

Lithium lies above sodium in a group and is also smaller in size. According to periodic trend reactivity decreases from left to right in period and down the group.
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How to dissolve calcium sulfate fast?

I would like to dissolve $\ce{CaSO4}$ in a hardened condition (e.g. gypsum board) as fast as possible. I have seen in posts about $\ce{CaSO3}$ that vinegar and sulfamic acid are able to dissolve it. ...
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Why is the HOMO always lower in energy than the LUMO?

We say that increasing the energy of the $\ce {HOMO}$ of molecules increases their reactivity towards electrophiles while decreasing the energy of the $\ce {LUMO}$ increases their reactivity towards ...
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At what acid concentration does potassium metabisulfite react?

I'm in the process of developing a well preserved food-stuff containing potassium metabisulfite and a number of acids (acetic, ascorbic, malic, tartaric, citric, lactic). Wine-making literature ...
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Why are “diene” structures in the C-ring of anthocyanins singled out for their singlet-oxygen quenching ability?

Anthocyanins are a class of water-soluble vacuolar pigments. They are sensitive to pH, and can undergo a series of structural changes according to a pH-dependent equilibrium as illustrated in Figure 1....
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Why does nose grease knock down the head on beer and soda?

Freshman year, my first semester, I was taught many things. One important trick I learned was when I was passed a beer in a 12 oz. plastic cup, I could eliminate the fresh foamy head by wiping my ...
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How do I decide whether ring will expand in this reaction or not?

Attempt: After forming the carbocation adjacent to the cyclopropyl ring I had two options, $\ce{Cl-}$ then and there without any changes Expand ring, form a new carbocation and add $\ce{Cl-}$ ...
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Equation for reaction between chlorine fluoride and potassium bromide

The equation given in the answer key was $$\ce{ClF + 2KBr → KCl + KF + Br2}$$ However won't the $\ce{KCl}$ also react with $\ce{ClF}$ to form $\ce{KF}$ and $\ce{Cl2}$, resulting in the net reaction ...
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Which is easier, the nitration of toluene or the nitration of mesitylene (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene)?

Does the toluene can undergo nitration easier than mesitylene (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene), due to the high repulsion that will occur between $\ce{NO2}$ and the two adjacent methyl groups (in mesitylene ...
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Derivation of Gibbs free energy formula

Okay, so I'm trying to derive an important formula which states that - ∆G(r) = ∆G° + RTln( RQ ) where ∆G(r) is the instantaneous rate of change of Gibbs energy with ...
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How could mass increase when sulfuric acid is added to calcium carbonate?

Context: I was doing an experiment in class that investigates the rate of mass loss over time when $\pu{20 mL}$ of sulfuric acid is added to $\pu{5g}$ of calcium carbonate. I did the experiment 3 ...
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Why is liquid oxygen more reactive than gaseous oxygen?

Liquid oxygen is somewhat hairy to work with, as, if it comes in contact with essentially anything combustible, it has an unfortunate tendency to detonate violently if looked at sideways. Gaseous ...
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What is the reason for more stable keto form to tautomerise to a less stable enol form?

In the mechanism of SeO2 I have seen that a more stable keto form first converts to a less stable enol form and then yields a diketone. I have seen many other reaction where the reactant converts to ...
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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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Order of reactivity of hydrogen halides

Solomon and Fryhle $11^{th}$ edition says : Order of reactivity of HX in the acid catalyzed conversion of alcohols to alkyl halides follows the order : HI>HBr>HCl We can account for this by saying ...
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In a galvanic cell why does using a more reactive metal increase the voltage?

As the title says, why does using magnesium produce a higher voltage compared to using zinc when reacting with iron? Im having trouble figuring out why the voltage changes. magnesium+copper > zinc+...
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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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Rationalising the reactivity of phosphoryl chloride

$\ce {POCl3}$ is a reagent well-known for enacting various functions in organic synthesis. For example, together with pyridine, it is able to dehydrate alcohols to give alkenes. Also, reacting it with ...

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