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Lewis v. Bronsted

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:03 pm
by JohnWalkiewicz2J
Can someone explain the difference between a Bronsted acid and a Lewis acid?

Re: Lewis v. Bronsted

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:09 pm
by Jessica Castellanos
Here are the definitions of Bronsted Acids and Bases and Lewis Acids and Bases. I hope this helps!

Bronsted Acid: proton donor
Bronsted Base: proton acceptor

Lewis Acid: lone pair acceptor
Lewis base: lone pair donor

Re: Lewis v. Bronsted

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:14 pm
by Daria Azizad 1K
The Bronsted definition refers to the donation or acceptance of a H+ ion while the Lewis definition refers to the donation or acceptance of an electron pair. In this way, the Lewis definition is much broader and can include other species like transition metals being oxidized and reduced, while the Bronsted def. only applies to species gaining or losing a hydrogen.