Is it possible to dissolve diamonds with water?
pkt said:Etching is very much dissolving.
pkt said:stump the egghead and I got two on the first try
mfb said:But if you shoot helium nuclei (or atoms) at a diamond you can certainly etch some material away.
No, diamonds cannot be dissolved with water. Water is a polar molecule, meaning it has both negative and positive ends. Diamonds, on the other hand, are nonpolar and do not have any charged ends that will react with water to break down its molecular structure.
Yes, there are a few substances that can dissolve diamonds, such as molten iron or magma. These substances have extreme temperatures and chemical properties that can break down the strong bonds between carbon atoms in diamonds.
Since water cannot dissolve diamonds, it would take an infinite amount of time for a diamond to dissolve in water. It would remain intact and unchanged in water.
Yes, certain acids such as hydrofluoric acid can dissolve diamonds. This acid can react with the carbon atoms in diamonds and break them down, resulting in the dissolution of the diamond. However, this process may take a long time and is not practical for dissolving diamonds.
When a diamond is dissolved, it breaks down into smaller carbon molecules, such as graphite, which is the most stable form of carbon. The diamond loses its crystal structure and becomes a different substance altogether.