Structural effects on acidity and basicity - Chemistry LibreTexts
Acids and bases are important for a number reasons in inorganic chemistry. The relationship between these theories is illustrated in the figure at the left. .. The acidity and basicity of non-aqueous solvents is difficult to quantify precisely, but. It was through experimentation that scientists discovered the inverse, linear relationship. How is pKa related to the strength of an Acid? Is the relationship the same for pKb and the strength of a Base? Top.
Contributors Now that we know how to quantify the strength of an acid or base, our next job is to gain an understanding of the fundamental reasons behind why one compound is more acidic or more basic than another. This is a big step: Periodic trends First, we will focus on individual atoms, and think about trends associated with the position of an element on the periodic table.
Horizontal periodic trend in acidity and basicity We can see a clear trend in acidity as we move from left to right along the second row of the periodic table from carbon to nitrogen to oxygen. The key to understanding this trend is to consider the hypothetical conjugate base in each case: Look at where the negative charge ends up in each conjugate base.
In the conjugate base of ethane, the negative charge is borne by a carbon atom, while on the conjugate base of methylamine and ethanol the negative charge is located on a nitrogen and an oxygen, respectively. Remember that electronegativity also increases as we move from left to right along a row of the periodic tablemeaning that oxygen is the most electronegative of the three atoms, and carbon the least.
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The more electronegative an atom, the better able it is to bear a negative charge. Weaker bases have negative charges on more electronegative atoms; stronger bases have negative charges on less electronegative atoms.
Thus, the methoxide anion is the most stable lowest energy, least basic of the three conjugate bases, and the ethyl carbanion anion is the least stable highest energy, most basic. Conversely, ethanol is the strongest acid, and ethane the weakest acid. When moving vertically within a given column of the periodic table, we again observe a clear periodic trend in acidity. This is best illustrated with the haloacids and halides: Vertical periodic trend in acidity and basicity Conversely, acidity in the haloacids increases as we move down the column.
In order to make sense of this trend, we will once again consider the stability of the conjugate bases. Because fluorine is the most electronegative halogen element, we might expect fluoride to also be the least basic halogen ion.
But in fact, it is the least stable, and the most basic! It turns out that when moving vertically in the periodic table, the size of the atom trumps its electronegativity with regard to basicity. This illustrates a fundamental concept in organic chemistry: We will see this idea expressed again and again throughout our study of organic reactivity, in many different contexts.
For now, we are applying the concept only to the influence of atomic radius on base strength. Because fluoride is the least stable most basic of the halide conjugate bases, HF is the least acidic of the haloacids, only slightly stronger than a carboxylic acid.
More importantly to the study of biological organic chemistry, this trend tells us that thiols are more acidic than alcohols. We can understand a great deal about their stability and reactivity by considering the acid-base character of metals and ligands. We will learn about this in Chapter 5.
Learning goals for Chapter 3: Understand the Bronsted and Lewis definitions of acids and bases. Apply the principles of acid-base chemistry to the design of molecules and Lewis acids with target functions. Understand the connection between acid-base chemistry and the stabilization of oxidation states. Predict favorable and stable compounds using hard-soft acid-base HSAB theory. Understand the applications of the ECW model.
Arrhenius acids and bases are a sub-class of Bronsted acids and bases, which are themselves a subclass of Lewis acids and bases. Three theories of acids and bases. There are three major classifications of substances known as acids or bases. This theory was developed by Svante Arrhenius in Later, two more sophisticated and general theories were proposed.
The relationship between these theories is illustrated in the figure at the left. This theory successfully describes how acids and bases react with each other to make water and salts. However, it does not explain why some substances that do not contain hydroxide ions, for example F- and NO2- can make basic solutions in water.
In this theory an acid is a substance that can release a proton like in the Arrhenius theory and a base is a substance that can accept a proton.
7.3: Structural effects on acidity and basicity
One important consequence of these equilibria is that every acid HA has a conjugate base A-and vice-versa. For a given acid or base, these equilibria are linked by the water dissociation equilibrium: It can be easily shown that the product of the acid and base dissociation constants Ka and Kb is Kw. Strong and weak acids and bases.
Acids and bases that dissociate completely are said to be strong: That is, a 1. Conversely, weak acids such as acetic acid CH3COOH and weak bases such as ammonia NH3 dissociate only slightly in water - typically a few percent, depending on their concentration and the values of Ka and Kb - and exist mostly as the undissociated molecules.
Antacid tablets typically contain calcium salts of the bicarbonate ion HCO3-a weak base. Its conjugate acid, carbonic acid H2CO3 is a weak acid. The acid-base equilibrium between carbonic acid and bicarbonate is important in maintaining blood pH. The other thing we need to know to solve this problem is the base dissociation constant, Kb.
Conjugate acids and bases.
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A common misconception is that strong acids have weak conjugate bases, and that weak acids have strong conjugate bases. In fact, strong acids such as HCl dissociate to produce spectator ions such as Cl- as conjugate bases, whereas weak acids produce weak conjugate bases.
This is illustrated below for acetic acid and its conjugate base, the acetate anion.
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Any acid or base is technically a conjugate acid or conjugate base also; these terms are simply used to identify species in solution i.
If the number of oxygen atoms exceeds the number of hydrogen atoms by two or more, then the acid is strong; otherwise it is weak. For weak acids, the relative strength depends on this difference i. Acids that can donate more than one proton are called polyprotic acids. For example, sulfuric acid, H2SO4, is a strong acid that has a conjugate base that actually happens to be a weak acid itself. This means that every mole of H2SO4 in aqueous solution donates more than 1 mole of protons.
Typically, the sequential pKa's of polyprotic acid are separated by about 5 pH units, because it becomes progressively more difficult to remove protons as the ion becomes more negatively charged.
For example, the three pKa's of phosphoric acid are 2. Periodic table showing basic blueamphoteric green and acidic red oxides. The metal-nonmetal boundary is indicated by the gray staircase line.
Some substances can act either as an acid and as a base. An example is water. H2O molecules may either donate a hydrogen ion or accept one.