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Though sulphurec acid is used as a dehydrating agent it is not used for dehyderating ammonia. Why?

Though sulphurec acid is used as a dehydrating agent it is not used for dehyderating ammonia. Why?

Grade:9

1 Answers

Rahul Sharma
33 Points
10 years ago

Note that hydrated ammonia is basically ammonium hydroxide(NH4OH),which is a base and sulphuric acid is a strong acid. Ithink that you have got the answer now. If we use sulphuric acid to dehydrate ammonia, a neutralisation reaction will start leading to the formation of the salt ammonium sulphate, which is obviously not what we desire.

2NH4OH+H2SO4=(NH4)2SO4+2H2O

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