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sanan kashyap Grade: 12
        

wat r zwitterions??

6 years ago

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AKASH GOYAL AskiitiansExpert-IITD
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Dear sanan


a zwitterionic compound or zwitterion  is a chemical compound with a positive and a negative formal charge on different atoms and a total net charge of zero. In fact, a zwitterion is not an ion, because the compound as a whole is electronically neutral. Zwitterions are sometimes also called inner salts



Amino acids as zwitterions



Zwitterions in simple amino acid solutions


An amino acid has both a basic amine group and an acidic carboxylic acid group.



There is an internal transfer of a hydrogen ion from the -COOH group to the -NH2 group to leave an ion with both a negative charge and a positive charge.


This is called a zwitterion.



 


This is the form that amino acids exist in even in the solid state. If you dissolve the amino acid in water, a simple solution also contains this ion.


A zwitterion is a compound with no overall electrical charge, but which contains separate parts which are positively and negatively charged.


 


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AKASH GOYAL


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