why does ccl4 doesnt hydrolyse unlike sicl4

Asked by rohit varshney | 6th Mar, 2011, 01:49: AM

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    The C atom has no d orbitals whereas Si atom has vacant d orbitals. So SiCl4 can react with H2O forming SiCl4(H2O) and then SiCl3(OH) + HCl. In this way it gets hydrolysed in stepwise mannner . The C atom can not expands its  valance number beyond 4.
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Answered by  | 6th Mar, 2011, 10:03: AM

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