How many protons can a base accept

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Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k
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How many protons can a base accept

Postby Alex Tchekanov Dis 2k » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:08 am

For problem 6.21 in the homework, it says that the given molecule can only accept two protons. My first guess would be that it could accept 6 because of the two lone pairs on each oxygen and then the one lone pair on the two nitrogens. Why can't the oxygens accept protons?

Kelvin Chung 1C
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Re: How many protons can a base accept

Postby Kelvin Chung 1C » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:33 am

Since oxygen is more electronegative than nitrogen, it is less likely to share its electrons with a proton. Thus, the nitrogens are able to accept protons while the oxygens are not.


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