Lewis and Bronsted

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Aedra Li 3H
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Lewis and Bronsted

Postby Aedra Li 3H » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:03 pm

What is the difference between Lewis acids and bases and Bronsted acids and bases?

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Re: Lewis and Bronsted

Postby Mashkinadze_1D » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:07 pm

Lewis acids are more encompassing term while Bronsted is more specific. Bronsted acids are those that donate an H+ or proton in a reaction, while lewis acids are electron acceptors in a reaction. Therefore, every Bronsted acid is a lewis acid but some lewis acids such as Al2O3 are not necessarily Bronsted acids. Hope this helps!

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Re: Lewis and Bronsted

Postby AronCainBayot2K » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:19 pm

Bronsted bases and acids deal with protons (H+) where bases accept protons while acids give them off. Vice versa with Lewis bases and acids except it would be electrons instead of protons.

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Re: Lewis and Bronsted

Postby Melvin Reputana 1L » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:54 pm

In terms of the Lewis definition, the acid is an electron pair acceptor. On the other hand, according to the Bronsted-Lowry definition, the compound that donates a proton is the acid. For both definitions, the base is the compound that accepts a proton.

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