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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Why is [H2F+][SbF6-] the strongest Lewis acid

I have seen a similar question asked but there seems to be no answer rather a discussion on specifics. Wikipedia says that fluoroantimonic acid is the strongest conventional acid for liquids. The ...
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Which is more reactive in E1, benzyl or allyl

I'm don't know the english terminology for chemistry so sorry for probably butchering some terms. My question is, which of these is more reactive in an E1 reaction: The bottom two are the ...
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Reactivity of Silicon [closed]

$$\ce{SiO2 + 2C ->[2200°C] Si + 2CO}$$(Ref) In this reaction, C is apparently displacing Si from SiO2. Does this mean C is more reactive than Si? But Si is more electropositive than C. What is the ...
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What's the decreasing reactivity order of F, Cl, O and N? [closed]

The answer given in my textbook is F>O>Cl>N. The reason given is the decreasing order of oxidising nature. My question is, if we use the concept of "more negative the electron gain ...
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Does CH3COOH + H2O (vinegar) lose its antibacterial and antiviral properties when exposed to air?

I have been reading about using CH3COOH + H2O (vinegar) as a mild antibacterial and antiviral agent. For example: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15698693/ Note, before anyone gets confused (or ...
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Red Compound from Glycine and Glycerol?

I got an unexpected reaction which I'm trying to explain to myself: I mixed 10 parts glycerol with 1 part glycine at ~90C and to my great surprise the mixture turned from transparent to a tint of red. ...
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CuO + HCl -> CuCl2 + H2O

I read that chlorine is more reactive than oxygen (despite being less electronegative). Then, How is this displacement reaction occurring? $$\ce{CuO(s) + 2 HCl(aq) -> CuCl2(aq) + H2O(l)}$$ Video ...
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Reaction of unsaturated lactone and alcohol

Image source I found this equation to turn this compound into an ketoester but I am unsure of the reaction mechanism. I postulate that the alcohol attacks the carboxyl carbon, the O becomes formally ...
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Can a weak acid react to give a stronger acid? [closed]

I was trying to understand why $\ce{AgCl}$ does not dissolve in $\ce{HNO3}$ and the reaction I could think of was something like this: $$\ce{AgCl + HNO3->AgNO3 + HCl}$$ I could not understand why ...
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Alternative explanation of ethene's pi bond [closed]

This tutorial about ethene's bonds has the following paragraph that I hope someone can paraphrase in a better way: The pi bond dominates the chemistry of ethene. It is very vulnerable to attack - a ...
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What is the product of ammonia reacting with silicone?

I used a soft silicone hose to carry ammonia at ~70 °C. I was surprised to later find the hose had hardened. A quick materials compatibility search for silicone had given me a lot of info but an "...
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Silver Tarnish and Reactivity Series

I read that silver in the presence of hydrogen sulfide corrodes to form silver sulfide and hydrogen. $$\ce{Ag + H2S -> AgS + H2}$$ But in the reactivity series silver is placed much below hydrogen. ...
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Reactivity Dilemma of elements [closed]

While learning Periodic Properties, I stumbled upon a doubt regarding reactivity of elements of period 2 and period 3. (I am denoting reactivity, of any $X$ element as $R_{X}$.) For reactivity of $s-...
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HDPE vs PP for storing pure aldehydes

I know both HDPE and PP have at least some degree of resistance to aldehydes, esters and aliphatic hydrocarbons. I am concerned however about minute contamination over time of pure samples and so I ...
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Why aren't elements with two valence shell electrons stable?

We all know that hydrogen becomes stable by completing duplet and helium is stable since its valence shell has completed the duplet Still, other elements don't behave like that. I want to know that ...
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Wiki’s explanation of the rate of chemical reaction [closed]

Could you please help me understand the Wiki’s explanation of the rate of chemical reaction? It says: the rate of the chemical reaction is directly proportional to the product of the activities or ...
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Chemistry and Plants [closed]

We're going to conduct a study to make corn husk fiber into a paper. Soda Ash is always used to extract the fibers from the husks, First question is there any chemical we can use aside from soda ash ...
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How can you calculate the tendency of one compound to become another?

Excuse my inexperience with chemistry here. I've been poring over papers with terms like "Standard Gibbs free energy of formation", "Hess's Law", "standard enthalpy of ...
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Reaction of glucose acetal with acetic anhydride

The following problem was asked in JEE Mains 2020 (Sept 2, Shift 1), Consider the following reactions: $\ce{ (i) Glucose + ROH ->[dry HCl] Acetal ->[$x$ eq. of (CH3CO)2O] acetyl derivative }$ $\...
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Lucas test in the presence of EWG like -CN

Does the given compound give Lucas test? My teacher says due to the presence of a strong electron withdrawing group the carbocation formed is unstable. But I say if it undergoes $\mathrm{S_N2}$ ...
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How to activate polystyrene with carboxyl group?

Is there a simple (that is one that requires few and not very exotic reagents) chemical reaction to "activate" or "functionalize" the polystyrene of a simple microtitre plate? In ...
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Why can't Grignard reagents react like Organolithium does (with acids)?

I'd read yesterday that Grignard reagents can't give ketones on reaction with carboxylic acids. It is because of the fact that Grignard reagent is a "super-base", and it will deprotonate the ...
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Will alkoxide ion in protic medium attack on double bond or carbonyl group?

I want to know what will happen next here- I thought that the alkoxide ion would attack the aldehyde to form a secondary alcohol, but apparently, as the two pi-bonds are in conjugation, so, the ion ...
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Arrange in order increasing reactivity towards nucleophilic substitution

Arrange the following compounds in order of increasing reactivity towards SN2 reaction According to me, the order should be P>Q>S>R as more hindrance should result in lesser reactivity but ...
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Electrophilic substitution on Borazole

As Borazole ($\ce{B3N3H6}$) is aromatic, it shows electrophilic aromatic substitution. Now, my question is when borazole undergoes electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction, on which atom does the ...
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How does ammonium nitrate explode on its own?

I thought ammonium nitrate was an oxidizer that needed to be mixed with fuel to form a high explosive (e.g., ANFO). But apparently there have been accidental explosions involving just the "...
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How do you know what elements will bond in a reaction? [closed]

I know all about the types of reactions, synthesis, decomp. etc., but when a bond is broken, how do you know that the free element will bond to another molecule? Is it because that element has a ...
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Reaction of Silicon Dioxide with Hydrofluoric Acid [duplicate]

I learnt that $\ce{SiO2}$(Silicon dioxide) doesn't react with any acid except $\ce{HF}$. So what is special about $\ce{HF}$? Why does only $\ce{HF}$ reacts with $\ce{SiO2}$ even though $\ce{HF}$ has a ...
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Reactivity comparison between benzaldehyde and acetaldehyde [duplicate]

One of my teacher says that $\ce{Ph-CHO}$ is more reactive than $\ce{CH3-CHO}$ in performing nucleophillic addition reaction because $\ce{—Ph}$ is planar and thus offers less steric hindrance as ...
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Vinegar reaction [closed]

please could someone help me. I poured white vinegar over a small hole where ants where coming out in my patio steps. There was some sand on the step and it started to bubble and fizz. We have been ...
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Beckmann rearrangement v/s dehydration of Oximes

In the above question, A is an oxime, which is then reacted with phosphorus pentoxide. Now, phosphorus pentoxide is both a dehydrating reagent and a reagent used for Beckmenn rearrangement, but which ...
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Priority order of attack of grignard reagents on functional groups

Recently I was solving carbonyl compounds and I came across this. Is there some priority order, or logic behind why alcohol reacts first with Grignard reagent and then ketone. Whereas ester could've ...
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Does K2CO3 react in minute amounts with glassware at higher temperatures?

At a temperature of $\pu{750 ^\circ C}$, $\ce{K2CO3}$ and $\ce{SiO2}$ react with each other in substantial proportions, forming $\ce{K2SiO3}$ and $\ce{CO2}$ in the process$\ce{^{[1]}}$. We all know as ...
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How does copper rich “weld thru” primer protect iron / steel?

In the automotive industry, to protect steel which cannot be painted (e.g. the gap or seam between two sheet panels), a product known as weld thru primer is sometimes used. This is a coating of zinc-...
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Definition of “solution” [closed]

In my textbook “solutions” are defined as follows: Homogenous mixtures of two or more substances are known as solutions. Should the two substances always be non-reacting? The definition has no ...
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Order of activating ability in electrophilic aromatic substitutions

From A Guidebook to mechanism in organic chemistry by P. Sykes [1, p. 155]: The activating effect of $\ce{Y}$ on the nucleus is found to increase, i.e. the overall rate of substitution increases, in ...
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Can ZrO2 be made fluoride resistant?

$\ce{ZrO2}$ has great properties, biocompatibility, chemical resistance, decent scratch resistance, great thermal resistance and refraction, but it could be better. It, like glass, will slowly react ...
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Is silicon dioxide decomposition possible?

I was thinking about this, I made Gibbs free energy calculations and I can't figure out if $$\ce{SiO2(s) -> Si(s) + O2(g)}$$ is actually possible, even at a ridiculous high temperature.
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Acidic strength of diethyl malonate vs ethyl acetoacetate [duplicate]

Which would be more acidic, diethyl malonate $\left(\ce{CH2(CO2Et)2}\right)$ or ethyl acetoacetate $(\ce{CH3COCH2OOC2H5})$ In the above compounds, I have marked the hydrogen which I think will be the ...
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Methyl group and acidic nature [duplicate]

After reading various answers here on StackExchange (like Why is the methyl group electron-donating via the inductive effect? and Strongest negative inductive effect group between trimethylammonium, ...
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Is there any elemental molecule which does not react well with anything but oxygen? [closed]

For example, phosphor reacts with oxygen but it also easily reacts with many halogens, metals, etc. Is there any elemental molecule that doesn't react well with almost anything but oxygen?
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Do alkylhydroxylamines form N-nitrosamines?

Usual secondary amines can form N-nitrosamines with nitrosating agents, e.g., $\ce{KNO2}$, and are therefore forbidden in metalworking fluids. But can alkylhydroxylamines form N-nitrosamines with ...
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Reaction between Copper nitrate and ascorbic acid

I am confused on the products of reaction between copper nitrate and ascorbic acid. When I searched this online, one of the reactions I got was: $$\ce{2Cu(NO3)2 + C6H8O6 <=> 2CuO + 4H2O + CO2}$$ ...
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Can iodine replace other halogen as well?

While reading about halogen family I encountered the reaction: $$\ce{NaClO3 + I2 -> NaIO3 + Cl2}$$ I know that that the oxidizing tendency of halogens decreases down the group, so I think that the ...
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Reactivity of alkyl halides

I am unable to understand how to decide reactivity of alkyl halides based on inductive effect in a nucleophilic substitution reaction. I have 2 explanation for deciding. Consider 2 alkyl halides: (A)...
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Reactivity Order of Nucleophilic addition

My teacher asked me this question. "Compare the reactivities of acetaldehyde and trimethylacetaldehyde towards nucleophilic addition". I explained how trimethylacetaldehyde was sterically hindered and ...
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Reactivity of Ammonium

I was going through some displacement reactions when this struck me: What is the position of the ammonium cation in the metal reactivity series? I can find other positive ions like carbon and ...
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Reaction of 1,2-diketones with periodic acid [closed]

$\ce{HIO4}$ can oxidise alcohols. But does $\ce{HIO4}$ undergo any reaction/act as oxidant with 1,2-diketones?
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Metalation of thiophene

So lately I've been studying the concerted metalation-deprotonation of thiophene and I came to the conclusion that the alpha positions of thiophene are the most reactive, which is why one of those ...
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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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