Are alcohols acidic in nature?
Asked by | 19th Mar, 2008, 06:18: PM
Alcohols, like water, can show either acidic or basic properties at the O-H group. With a pKa of around 16-19 they are generally slightly weaker acids than water, but they are still able to react with strong bases such as sodium hydride or reactive metals such as sodium. The salts that result are called alkoxides, with the general formula RO- M+.
Answered by | 29th May, 2008, 09:48: AM
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