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What happens during non-polar solvation (if there is such a thing)?

by BrainSalad
Tags: chemistry, polarity, solutes, solvation, solvents
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BrainSalad
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Apr29-12, 12:57 PM
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I've found plenty of information on polar solvents and how they work, so I understand that. But, according to like-dissolves-like, non-polar solvents dissolve non-polar solutes: how?
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qalomel
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Apr29-12, 08:27 PM
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So you mean why do non-polar solvents not dissolve polar solutes?
BrainSalad
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Apr29-12, 08:55 PM
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So you mean why do non-polar solvents not dissolve polar solutes?
Not really: I understand that.
I want to know why non-polar solvents DO dissolve non-polar solutes.

qalomel
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Apr29-12, 09:47 PM
P: 11
What happens during non-polar solvation (if there is such a thing)?

Non-polar solvents do dissolve non-polar solutes because there are enough interactions between them. So on the molecular level, I think of it as solvent-solute 'bonds' forming until the solute molecules are completely surrounded by solvent molecules, pulling the solute into solution.


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