Questions tagged [stability]

Applied to a chemical species, the term expresses a thermodynamic property in reference to a standard, stating that one state is lower in energy than another. The tag should be applied to questions seeking answers with respect to the stability (or instability) of a certain chemical species, molecular entity and/or electronic structure. It must not be applied to questions about the reactivity of particular chemical species.

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Stability of butene

Why is isobutene (2-methylprop-1-ene) more stable than cis-2-butene ((2⁠Z)-but-2-ene)? I can't find a reason as both of them have the same number of alpha hydrogens.
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Effect of intramolecular hydrogen bonding on the stability of a molecule

What will be the effects of intramolecular hydrogen bonding on the stability of a molecule? Will it increase or decrease the overall stability of a molecule? Or will it not have any impact on the ...
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Is cis- or trans-cycloundecene more stable? [duplicate]

While reading about cis/trans isomerism in cycloalkenes, I came across the following statement: When the number of carbon atoms in a cycloalkane is less than 11, the cis form is more stable than ...
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How to determine the relative contribution of resonance structures when different rules give contradictory outcomes?

In order to determine the relative contributions of resonance structures, my textbook gives the following rules (in order): The more covalent bonds a structure has, the higher it scores. Structures ...
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Why are stable ionic charges so strongly related to the group number?

Why do lighter elements have ionic charges so strongly related to the group number? For example, why does $\ce{Al}$ only show +3 ionic charge? The basic concept of stability in an ionic compound is ...
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Thermal Decompsoition of Sulfur Hexafluoride

What is the thermal decomposition temperature for SF6? I've heard it decomposes into F2 and SF4 only to decompose further into S2 and F2, but I haven't found much on the topic. I became curious ...
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Why does 2+ oxidation state become more stable relative to 3+ oxidation state for first row of transition metals? [duplicate]

I viewed an image showing all the possible oxidation states of each element in the first row of transition metals, and the main oxidation states highlighted in a different colour. I noticed all ...
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Acetone-resistant clear plastic

Is there a plastic that's clear, acetone resistant, and ideally sold in sheet stock that's ~1/8" or 1/4" thick? Both acrylic and polycarbonate are out, they turn cloudy on contact with acetone. I ...
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Why is iron pentacarbonyl known, but iron(III) hexacarbonyl is not?

Why is the neutral complex $\ce{[Fe(CO)5]}$ known, but the cationic carbonyl complex $\ce{[Fe(CO)6]^3+}$ is not known?
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Why doesn't anomeric effect predominate over steric effects in glucopyranose?

$\beta$-D-(+)-glucopyranose is more stable than $\alpha$-D-(+)-glucopyranose. Why is this? I know that in $\beta$-D-glucopyranose all the hydroxyl groups are in the equatorial position and thus it ...
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What is the relation between solubility and thermal stability? [closed]

The thermal stability of alkaline earth metals increases down the group for hydroxides i-e., Be(OH)2 is less stable than Ba(OH)2. The solubility also increases down the group for these compounds i-e., ...
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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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Why hyperconjugation can't stabilize carbanion?

If Resonance can stabilize both carbo cation and anion then why can't hyperconjugation stabilize carbanion ? Since both Resonance and Hyperconjugation are pretty much the same, i.e both involve ...
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Stable physiological buffer to make NAD+ solution

I was wondering what would be the most stable physiological buffer for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), for potential storage as frozen aliquots - 6 months stability or around there would be ...
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Is the reaction of anhydrous aluminium(III) chloride and anhydrous ethanol reversible?

I'm planning an experiment that I'll do in silico in the near future, and one of the steps involves the extraction of the $\ce{AlCl3 · C2H5OH}$ adduct without any water in it. Can the ethanol be ...
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Are all stable Xenes (graphene-like 2D honeycomb sheets) buckled?

background: Per this abstract Silicene, germanene and stanene are part of a monoelemental class of two-dimensional (2D) crystals termed 2D-Xenes (X = Si, Ge, Sn and so on) which, together with ...
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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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Stability order of chelate complexes of nickel and iron

Which stability order is correct? $\ce{[Ni(en)2]^2+} > \ce{[Ni(dmg)2]}$ $\ce{[Fe(edta)]^2-} > \ce{[Fe(en)3]^3+}$ In the first case I think the stability depends upon the strength ...
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What is the stability order of the carbocation and carboanion?

So I came up with examples as below: 1 2 Now I am confused about the +I and -I effect in these structures since to my knowledge it can only be applied when there is a substituent (I might be wrong)...
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Classic/killer/easy application for the deuterium kinetic isotope effect?

I'm a physicist. While visiting someone's o-chem class I learned about the existence of the deuterium kinetic isotope effect. This seems like an extremely sweet example of zero-point energy, and I ...
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Stability of alkenes

The following question was asked on myPAT website: I started with the solution by counting the hyper-conjugative structures available to each alkene. Based on this concept only, order is: I > ...
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What is the order of stability of the cyclobutyl and cyclopropyl carbocations?

I know about the exceptional stability of Cyclopropylmethyl carbocation. In some books it is given that cyclopropyl and cyclobutyl carbocations are highly unstable due to their high strain. That ...
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Why do alkyl substituents stabilize alkenes?

My textbook states that because $sp^2-sp^3$ bonds are stronger than $sp^3-sp^3$ bonds, alkenes are more stable than alkanes. The rule given is that bonds with more $s$ character are stronger. However,...
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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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Cupric and cuprous copper [duplicate]

Copper has two chlorides: $\ce{CuCl2}$ and $\ce{CuCl}.$ Copper reacts directly with chlorine to form a copper(II) chloride. Why doesn't it form copper(I) chloride? Is it because $\ce{CuCl2}$ is more ...
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Why exactly is a fluoride anion a stronger base than iodine anion? [closed]

First off, I've learnt that stronger acids produce weaker conjugate bases (through Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory). Then I looked at the $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ values of $\ce{HF}$, $\ce{HCl}$, $\...
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How does cross-conjugation destabilizes a molecule?

Wikipedia article on ortho effect suggests that o-toulic acid is more acidic than benzoic acid. This fact is rationalized by suggesting that steric effect causes COOH group to "twist" out of the plane ...
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Maximum lifetime of plastic on earth

[EDITED] If humans disappeared today, and aliens visited in the future, for how long would plastic or other "obviously" non-natural polymers be detectable on the planet, using known or plausible ...
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Does 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol give a positive Lucas test? [duplicate]

I learnt that the Lucas test involves the formation of a carbocation and it gives a positive test based on the stability of the carbocation formed, and hence primary alcohols do not show turbidity (...
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Things to consider to determine stability of a compound to another? [duplicate]

Some Compounds with higher bond dissociation energy seem to be more reactive towards certain compounds then ones with lower bond dissociation energy , so what are the things you need to factor in to ...
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Shouldn't it take more energy to break CO2 compared to CO? [closed]

I read in a book that bond dissociation energy of carbon monoxide $(\ce{CO})$ is $\pu{749 kJ/mol}$ and carbon dioxide $(\ce{CO2})$ is $\pu{532 kJ/mol}.$ Shouldn't it take twice as much energy to break ...
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How to find the strongest base using stability arguments

Answers: The most acidic is D and the most basic is A. So first off I compared A with B: I'm kinda confused on this. I looked at the base NH one and saw that when it was protonated it lost its ...
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On the stability of methyl mercury

Question: Given that $\ce{Zn, Hg}$ are in the same group, how to explain that $\ce{Hg(CH3)}$ is stable but $\ce{Zn(CH3)}$ is unstable and $\ce{Hg(CH3)Cl}$ is stable? $\ce{Hg(CH3)}$ seems to have an ...
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Molecular Orbital Hybridization vs Delocalization for positive charge stabilization

While studying Molecular Orbital Theory, I ran into a comparison of basicity between pyridine and piperidine. The latter was concluded to be more basic because of the sp3 hybridization of the ...
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Which is more stable: isobutylene or cis-2‐butene?

How do you compare which is more stable without using the heat of hydrogenation or combustion or any other numeric factual value: $\ce{(CH3)2-C=CH2}$ or $\ce{CH3-CH=CH-CH3}$ (cis)?
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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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Relevance of strain energy, total energy and stability of molecule?

Would anybody please highlight the difference between total strain energy of a molecule, total energy of a molecule and what we can infer about the stability of the molecule using the total strain ...
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Reason Behind Decrease In Potential Energy [closed]

Atoms combine to gain stability. They gain stability when they lose energy. In my book, it's given that the potential energy of the system is reduced during chemical combination. But I am eager to ...
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Stability of the alkenyl and phenyl cations

One reason often cited for why alkenyl and phenyl halides do not undergo nucleophilic substitution by the $\ce {S_N1}$ mechanism is that the formation of the alkenyl and phenyl cations involve a ...
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Stability of Cycloalkyl Carbocations

What is the order of stability of the cycloalkyl carbocations? I think the stability should increase as we move from cyclopropyl carbocation to cyclohexyl carbocation, since the angle strain is ...
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Which of the following carbanion is most stable?

The carbanion which is most stable is The answer is 1. But why won't the answer be 2 because it shows resonance, whereas 1 only shows I effect and resonance effect is more dominant?
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Which of these chlorides is more reactive? [duplicate]

We do learn that for $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction the rates are tertiary > secondary > primary > methyl. The reasons mentioned are usually inductive and hyper-conjugative effect. But which of the ...
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Half/fully filled orbital stability

Beryllium the configuration is [He] 2s2 i.e fully filled but still quite reactive Also in neon [He]2p4 , neither half filled nor fully filled, still quite stable compound (As it forms compound with ...
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Why doesn't H₄O²⁺ exist?

I know this question has been asked previously but I cannot find a satisfactory explanation as to why is it so difficult for $\ce{H4O^2+}$ to exist. There are explanations that it is so because of $+2$...
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More stable carbocation, tertiary or benzylic? [duplicate]

This is a very confusing question that which is more stable, benzylic or tertiary butyl carbocation? Some sources say benzylic due to resonance some say tertiary due to +i effect and 9 ...
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Determination of the most acidic hydrogen in an organic compound

Identify the most acidic hydrogen in the compound below: Can someone please explain why is $\ce{H^\mathrm{a}}$ in the compound below more acidic than $\ce{H^\mathrm{b}}$? This is what is ...
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Stability and Resonance [duplicate]

The linked answers do attempt to clarify on 'stability' but I wanted an answer with specific connection to resonance. For example, the ethanoate ion can exist in many forms but, as we know from data,...
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Which of the two structures is more stable?

Which of the two structures is more stable? As far as I know, alkenes with a greater number of hyperconjugating structures are more stable. Hyperconjugation has a greater stabilizing effect ...
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Chugaev and Selenoxide Elimination giving different products

In class we are going over intramolecular elimination. In this question I will provide two similar reactants that provide a different mixture of products. The chugaev elimination gives a 50/50 ...
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What are the total amount of resonance structures for these two cations and which is the most stable cation?

Please see the following two cations. I have proposed the following resonance structures. Please let me know if I have missed something. Thank you.

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