2nd October 2019

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Why is acetone polar aprotic?

So acetone is a polar solvent. Acetone does not have an O-H group, but it has a C=O group that can participate in H-bonding. So acetone is a polar aprotic solvent. Some other polar aprotic solvents are listed below.

Herein, what does protic and aprotic mean?

In chemistry, a protic solvent is a solvent that has a hydrogen atom bound to an oxygen (as in a hydroxyl group) or a nitrogen (as in an amine group). In general terms, any solvent that contains a labile H+ is called a protic solvent. Conversely, aprotic solvents cannot donate hydrogen.

Is acetone an aprotic?

However, acetone is still considered a polar aprotic solvent, despite the fact that it is relatively acidic, and not significantly less acidic than alcohols. Then again, acetone (and other carbonyl containing solvents) are, indeed, poor solvents when using strong bases due to their relatively high acidity.

Is nitromethane Protic or aprotic?

However, there are exceptions, such as nitromethane, CH3NO2, which is also considered a protic solvent. However, acetone is still considered a polar aprotic solvent, despite the fact that it is relatively acidic, and not significantly less acidic than alcohols.
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