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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What is the reason for the exceptional stability of the cyclopropylmethyl carbocation?

Can someone explain this to me by drawing resonance structures for the cyclopropylmethyl carbocation please? Also one more question, is the tricyclopropylmethyl carbocation more stable than tropylium ...
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Why are noble gases stable

I was recently asked the question "Why are noble gases stable? with the expectation of providing an answer beyond the general explanation of "they have full valence layers" and I couldn't think of one....
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Why is 2-methylpropene less in energy than its alkene counterparts?

Other isomers include 1-butene, cis 2-butene, and trans 2-butene. Why would 2-methylpropene be less in energy if there is more steric hindrance?
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What is the favoured geometry of chlorine trifluoride?

Why is the first structure on the left more stable than the second one on the right? In the first one the angle between the two pair of nonbonding electrons is about 120° which is a lot less than ...
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Is the t-butyl carbocation more stable than the benzyl carbocation?

Various authors have different views regarding stability order of the benzyl and t-butyl carbocations. $$\ce{PhCH2+ ; (CH3)3C+}$$ In my opinion, resonance effect dominates, so the benzylic ...
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Relative stability of cis and trans cycloalkenes

Why is the stability of (Z)-cyclodecene 2 greater than that of (E)-cyclodecene 1? I'd think that since 1 contains a trans double bond instead of a cis double bond, it should experience less steric ...
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Why don't we see these lanthanide species?

For most lanthanide metals$^{[1]}$, the stable oxidation state is III. The general electronic structure$^{[2]}$ is $$\ce{[Xe] 4f^{0}^{-14} 5s^2 5p^6 5d^{0}^{-1} 6s^2}.$$ Elements that have the d-...
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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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Stability of carbocations: CF3+ vs CH3+

Is $\ce{CF_3+}$ more stable than $\ce{CH_3+}$? In $\ce{CF_3+}$, there is $\ce{C-F}$ back bonding that increases stability of the carbocations. But -I effect of $\ce{F}$ dominates +R effect and this ...
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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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Difference between thermodynamic and kinetic stability

What is the difference between thermodynamic and kinetic stability? I'd like a basic explanation, but not too simple. For example, methane does not burn until lit -- why?
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Comparing the stabilities of allylic, benzylic, and tertiary radicals

Which is the most stable free radical among the given species? (1) $\ce{CH2=CH-CH2^.}$ (allyl radical) (2) $\ce{C6H5-CH2^.}$ (benzyl radical) (3) $\ce{(H3C)3C^.}$ (t-butyl radical) (4) $\ce{...
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The effect of hyperconjugation on the stability of alkenes with MO theory

Hyperconjugation stabilizes carbocations and that makes sense because electrons are given to the empty p orbital. But how does it stabilize alkenes? Can molecular orbital theory be used to explain it?...
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Why are 7-membered rings less likely to form than 5- and 6- membered rings?

I see 5- and 6-membered ring products as the major products even when 7-membered rings are possible. Why is that 5- and 6-membered rings are more likely to form than 7-membered rings? Is it even true? ...
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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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Which molecule is more acidic: CHF3 or CHBr3?

I know that fluorine is more electronegative than bromine. However, because of the size of bromine, it is more stable with a negative charge. In the case of $\ce{HF}$ vs. $\ce{HBr}$, to me, $\ce{HBr}$ ...
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Stability Comparison between the Tropylium and Tricyclopropylcarbinyl Carbocation

Why is the Tropylium carbocation less stable than the tricyclopropylcarbinyl carbocation? The tricyclopropylcarbinyl carbocation undergoes a sigma-tropic rearrangement whereas tropylium is highly ...
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Why are lithides not known?

In the last few decades, many alkalides - anions of alkali metals - have been synthesised. The most famous is undoubtedly that of sodium: $\ce{[Na(\text{2.2.2-cryptand})]+Na-}$, but the alkalides $\ce{...
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For a given element do heavier isotopes form stronger bonds than lighter isotopes?

I know that $\ce{C-D}$ and $\ce{C-T}$ bonds are stronger than $\ce{C-H}$ bonds, but is this generally true for isotopes of all elements? (By isotopes I mean stable ones with large half lives.)
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Stability of cyclobutyl methyl carbocation

I know that cyclopropyl methyl carbocation is exceptionally stable compared to say, benzyl carbocation. But I want to know how stable is cyclobutyl methyl carbocation compared to say, tertiary/...
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Why is a C–D bond stronger than a C–H bond?

I have heard that the carbon–deuterium bond is stronger than the carbon–hydrogen bond. What are the possible reasons for it? Is this also the reason that C–H bonds participate more in hyperconjugation ...
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Oxygen or carbon with a positive charge? (comparison of canonical structures)

Which of the contributing structures of the resonance is more stable? I'm watching a video lecture by a professor of my college where he puts this question to the class. The class unanimously ...
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Why can't antiaromatic compounds just escape planarity and become non-aromatic to avoid destabilization?

Why can't just all anti-aromatic systems lose planarity (and hence conjugation) and be non-aromatic like cyclooctatetraene ? ...
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Why are aromatic compounds so stable?

I've never actually been told deeper reasons for this. In organic chemistry classes (1 and 2) we're usually told that aromatic compounds are very stable whereas anti-aromatic ones are not, and also, ...
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Why is formic acid a stronger acid than acetic acid?

I am told that because the methyl group is electron donating in the conjugate base of acetic acid, this destabilizes the conjugate base by exacerbating the existing negative formal charge on the ...
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Why are double bonds at more substituted carbon more stable?

That $\ce{C=C}$ bonds are more stable at more substituted carbon atoms is a common argument used throughout Clayden et al., but is never actually explained (at least not in the first 21 chapters). ...
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What is the explanation of the changes in stability going down a group for carbonates, bicarbonates, fluorides, and chlorides?

For carbonates and bicarbonates, I know that stability increases down the group, and for chlorides and fluorides, stability decreases down the group. Why does this happen? Can someone explain this in ...
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Why is N₂ stable but HCN and C₂H₂ unstable?

Compounds with triple bonds generally seem to be unstable. $\ce{HCN}$ and $\ce{C2H2}$ are high-energy, relatively short-lived molecules that will readily polymerise or react with other organic ...
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Predominance of III oxidation state for lanthanides [closed]

For most lanthanide metals, the stable oxidation state is III [*]. The general electronic structure is $$\ce{[Xe] 4f^{0}^{-14} 5s^2 5p^6 5d^{0}^{-1} 6s^2}\ \ [**].$$ Elements that have the d-electron ...
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Are geminal disubstituted alkenes more stable than their cis/trans isomers?

I know for a fact that cis alkenes are less stable than trans alkenes due to steric repulsions. But what bugs me is the fact that why systems such as 2-methylprop-1-ene, where I believe steric ...
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Why is sulfur hexafluoride more stable than selenium or tellurium hexafluoride?

I was just reading about p Block elements from two different books. Both books say that $\ce{SF6}$ is extremely stable in 16th group due to steric reasons but my question is why is it more stable than ...
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Why does stannous chloride occur despite the octet rule?

Shouldn't reaching an octet be any atom's "goal"? However, I've recently learned about cases that are either expanding octets, or have lesser than "enough" electrons for an octet abiding. e.g.: S in ...
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How can two electrons lie together in an orbital?

Two electron of opposite spin can lie in a single orbital.. But what about the electron-electron repulsion. Okay! I got that the nuclear charge rather the large Z-effective overcome this repulsion by ...
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Define, (actually define) the “stability” and “energy” of a compound

When we say a conformer or compound is of "higher energy" than another, are we quantifying energy in terms of the bond strength? Or are we going off of how much energy it takes to break the bond? I ...
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Why are bromine oxyanions uncommon?

Sodium hypochlorite is used in bleach, calcium hypochlorite is used in public swimming pools, ammonium perchlorate is used in solid rocket fuel. Sodium periodate is used in the cleaving of syn-...
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Why can't NH5 form?

In ammonia a nitrogen atom forms 3 covalent bonds with hydrogen atoms and has one lone pair which can be used in a dative covalent bond with another hydrogen atom to form an ammonium ion. Instead of ...
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Is the phenyl cation or ethynylium more stable?

I recently gave an exam and I received an interesting question to which I believe the answer is wrong. Given two compounds, a benzene molecule with carbocation at one of its constituting carbon atoms ...
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What is the reason for the exceptional stability of tricyclopropyl-cyclopropenyl carbocation?

The stability order of the following is: A. III > II > I > IV B. II > III > I > IV C. I > III > IV > II D. I > III > II > IV Answer: I came across a question ...
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Is the ethyl cation really more stable than benzylic and allylic carbocations?

Source: Concepts of Organic chemistry by O.P. Tandon, page no. 235 My book appears to state that the ethyl cation (a primary carbocation) is more stable than both allyl and benzyl carbocations. I ...
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Why does lithium from the nitride whereas the other alkali metal forms the azide?

What property of lithium makes them forms the nitride, lithium nitride $\ce{Li3N}$ whereas the other group 1 elements forms the azide, like sodium azide and potassium azide - $\ce{NaN3}$ and $\ce{KN3}$...
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Delocalised electrons and stability of benzene

In most high school chemistry books, it is said that the delocalised electrons in benzene makes it particularly stable. However, how does it contribute to stability? Is there any simple way of ...
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Carbocation rearrangement involving three membered rings

Question: Taking into account of various carbocations and, as well as the rules governing mechanisms of carbocation rearrangements, which reaction is most likely to occur during the given reaction? ...
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Why is tin-112 stable, but indium-112 radioactive?

According to Wikipedia, tin-112 is a stable nuclide, but indium-112 is radioactive (half-life only 14 minutes). What is the explanation for this?
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Stability of α-chlorocarbocations

I'm trying to compare the relative stability of two carbocations: $$\ce{CH3-\overset{+}{C}H-Cl}\quad\text{vs}\quad\ce{CH3-\overset{+}{C}H2}$$ Does the $\ce{Cl}$ exert a +M effect to stabilise the ...
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Stability of Allenes and Alkynes,

In Allenes, the $\ce{C=C=C}$ structure makes sure that the $p$-orbital of central carbon overlaps with 2 other carbons and the $p$-orbital of central carbon spreads out over the 3 carbons. In ...
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Ring expansion in cyclic compounds

My attempt In the first case: $\ce{H+}$ adds to the $\ce{OH}$ group, giving us a carbocation. The carbocation thus formed is exceptionally stable due to back bonding. I wonder why would it go under ...
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Why is O2 a biradical?

$\ce{O2}$ has a double bond in its normal form. That is $\ce{O=O}$. There are no unpaired electrons in this case are there since there are 2 lone pairs on each oxygen. However 1 resonance structure ...
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Why is benzenediazonium fluoroborate water insoluble and stable at room temperature?

Benzenediazonium fluoroborate is water insoluble and stable at room temperature. Why is this salt, water insoluble? Also I am told that benzenediazonium salts are stable only at low temperature(<5°...
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Relative stabilities of tropylium and cyclopropenyl carbocations

How can the stabilities of the tropylium and cyclopropenyl carbocations be compared? Both are aromatic according to Hückel's rule. I think that to compare the stabilities, we must either count the ...
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Which tautomer of hexane-2,4-dione is more stable?

Which tautomer will be more stable? Both 1 and 2 show intramolecular hydrogen bonding and form 6 membered cyclic ring, thus increasing the stability. I think I need to compare the effect of the two ...