Lewis v. Bronsted

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JohnWalkiewicz2J
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Lewis v. Bronsted

Postby JohnWalkiewicz2J » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:03 pm

Can someone explain the difference between a Bronsted acid and a Lewis acid?

Jessica Castellanos
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Re: Lewis v. Bronsted

Postby Jessica Castellanos » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:09 pm

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

Daria Azizad 1K
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Re: Lewis v. Bronsted

Postby Daria Azizad 1K » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:14 pm

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.


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