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Posted by on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 5:21pm.

Hi,

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?

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  • Chemistry - , Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 7:07pm

    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.

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