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

  1. Apr 29, 2012 #1
    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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  3. Apr 29, 2012 #2
    So you mean why do non-polar solvents not dissolve polar solutes?
  4. Apr 29, 2012 #3
    Not really: I understand that.
    I want to know why non-polar solvents DO dissolve non-polar solutes.
  5. Apr 29, 2012 #4
    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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