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NH3 abstract H from COOH

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by boomboom2dolla, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. boomboom2dolla

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    NH3 + RCOOH --> NH4+ COOR-

    I'm confuse sometimes if sometimes a lewis base will go ahead and abstract a proton from a hydroxyl proton of an an alcohol or a carboxylic proton.

    Does anybody know if there are some kind of trend that will predict if it does abstract a proton?
    thanks for the help
     
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  3. Danny289

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    ^sorry, but not really undertanding your question, in your equetion there is simple base and acid reaction. base gains "H" and acid looses "H".
     
  4. yankees27th

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    If something is more acidic (higher Ka, lower pKa) it gives off its protons more easily. In a situation like the equation you gave, the less acidic (more basic) one will have take the proton, even if it is very acidic compared to most other things.
     

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