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# What is solvation of ions?Explain in detail.

RAJORSHI PAUL
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10 years ago
290 Points
10 years ago

Hi Menka,

Solvation, also sometimes called dissolution, is the process of attraction and association of molecules of a solvent with molecules or ions of a solute. As ions dissolve in a solvent they spread out and become surrounded by solvent molecules.

Dissolution of Ionic Compounds:

For ionic compounds, dissolution takes place when the compounds ionize. This most commonly occurs in polar solvents, such as water or ammonia.

NaCl(s) → Na+(aq) + Cl-(aq)

In a colloidal dispersed system, ion dissolution arises, where the dispersed particles exist in equilibrium with their saturated counter part, i.e.

NaCl(s) → Na+(aq) + Cl-(aq)

The behavior of this system is characterised by the activity coefficients of the components and the solubility product, defined as:

$a_{Na^ + } \cdot a_{Cl^ - } = K_{sp}$

The ability of an ion to preferentially dissolve (as a result of unequal activities) is classified as the Potential Determining Ion. This in turn results in the remaining particle possessing either a net positive/negative surface charge.

Have also posted answers to some of you other previous posts in Mathematics. You can learn some shortcuts there.

Hope that helps.

All the best,

Regards,