posted by Aline on .
Why are ionic compounds generally insoluble in organic solvents while covalent compounds are generally soluble in organic solvents? Can you please explain in more detail?
Organic solvents consist generally of non-polar molecules. Ionic compounds are made of electrically charged particles which are not attracted strongly by non-polar molecules.
Covalent (molecular compounds) tend to dissolve in solvents with similar structure. Most organic compounds are molecular (covalent) and would tend to dissolve in solvents with a similar structure.