Highlights in Solute-Solvent Interactions

  • Wolfgang Linert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Hans Toftlund
    Pages 33-41
  3. Usama El-Ayaan, Fumiko Murata, Yutaka Fukuda
    Pages 43-58
  4. Yvonne Zimmermann, Mohamed El-Sayed, Silvio Prause, Stefan Spange
    Pages 111-125
  5. Gerhard Kahl, Elisabeth Schöll-Paschinger, Andreas Lang
    Pages 177-196
  6. Yoshinori Ihara, Shinji Kurose, Takashi Koyama
    Pages 197-202
  7. Kiyoshi Sawada, Eiji Takahashi, Tomokazu Horie, Keiichi Satoh
    Pages 203-214
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-222

About this book


Most organic molecules retain their integrity when dissolved, and even though in such cases the effects exerted by solvents are, in the language of the coordination chemist, of the "outer sphere" kind, the choice of solvent can be critical to the successful outcome of an operation or preparation. Solubilities of reactants and products must be taken into account, and even if the organic principals in the reactions retain their integrity, many of the reagents are electrolytes, and their state of aggregation will affect their reactivity. In testifying to the importance of understanding solute-solvent interactions I draw attention to a large class of inorganic species for which the involvement in the chemical and physical properties by the solvent is even more deeply seated. It is comprised by the large body of metal atoms in low oxidation states for which solvent molecules intervene as reagents. At the same time, because the ions carry charges, the effects arising from outer sphere interactions are usually greater than they are for neutral molecules. To cite an example: when FeCb(s) is dissolved in water to form a dilute - say O. OlO- solution there is a complete reorganization of the coordination sphere of the cation. Whereas in the solid each cation is surrounded by six chloride ions, in the solution the dominant form is [Fe(H20)6]3+ followed by [Fe(H20)sCI]2+, [Fe(H20)4CI2]+, etc. in rapidly decreasing abundance.


Inorganic Chemistry liquid organic chemistry physical chemistry solution chemistry

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Linert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Inorganic ChemistryTechnical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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