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Acid/Super Acid & Base/Super Base

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:31 am
by Linh Vo 2J
What is the difference between an acid and a SUPER acid? Same thing for a base and a SUPER base?

Re: Acid/Super Acid & Base/Super Base

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:08 am
by Nicoline Breytenbach 3D
A superacid is any acid stronger/ more acidic than pure sulfuric acid. Similarly, superbases are bases with extremely high basicity.

Re: Acid/Super Acid & Base/Super Base

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:09 am
by Samantha Kwock 1D
An acid and a super acid follow the same chemical principles, but a super acid can dissolve more hydrogen ions in solution such that its pH is outside of the "normal" pH range (0-14) and is negative. Likewise, super bases have pHs larger than 14.