Hydrolysis is a chemical reaction that results to molecules of water (H2O) being divided into hydrogen cations H+ and hydroxide anions (OH−) in the process of a chemical reaction. The cation is usually known as protons. Hydrolysis is the kind of reaction that is used to break down definite polymers, principally those prepared by step-growth polymerization. Such dilapidation of polymer is frequently catalyzed by either acid or alkali example concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) respectively.
Types of hydrolysis
Hydrolysis is a chemical reaction in which a particular molecule is divided into two parts with the addition of one molecule of water. One part of the reacting molecule gains a hydrogen ion (H+) through the water molecule added. The remaining part takes up the other hydroxyl group (OH−).
The most widespread hydrolysis takes place when a salt of a weak acid or /and a weak base is dissolved in water. Water automatically ionizes into negative hydroxyl ions and positive hydrogen ions. The salt splits into positive and negative ions. For instance, sodium acetate in water dissociates into sodium and acetate ions. Sodium ions react sparingly with hydroxyl ions while acetate ions join with hydrogen ions to form neutral acetic acid, and the overall result is a comparative overload of hydroxyl ions, resulting to a basic solution.
Nevertheless, under standard conditions, just a small number of reactions occur between water and organic compounds. Commonly, strong acids or bases have to be incorporated to be able to attain hydrolysis where water has no consequence. The acid or base would act as a catalyst. They are used to hasten up a reaction but they remain unchanged at the end of the reaction.
Acid–base catalyzed hydrolyses reaction are extremely widespread. An instance is the hydrolysis of amides or esters. Their hydrolysis takes place when the nucleophile ie nucleus hunting agent, for example water or hydroxyl ion reacts with the carbon of the carbonyl group of the ester or amide. In an aqueous base solution, hydroxyl ions are more of better nucleophile than dipoles like water. In acid, the carbonyl group becomes protonated which results to a better nucleophilic attack. The products for the two types of hydrolysis reaction are compounds with carboxylic acid groups.
Acidic, Basic, and Neutral Salts
Some examples of Ions of Neutral Salts
Na+ + K+ Rb+ Cs+
Mg2+ Ca2+ Sr2+ Ba2+
Cl- Br- I-,
ClO4- BrO4- ClO3- N03-
A salt is a compound formed when an acid is reacted with a base. Normally, a neutral salt is formed when a strong acid neutralizes a strong base in the reaction. See example below:
H+ + OH- = H2O
The passerby ions in an acid-base reaction result into a salt solution. The majority of neutral salts contain cations and anions listed below: They have less affinity with water. Therefore, salts that contain any of these ions are neutral salts. For instance: NaCl, KNO3, CaBr2, CsClO4 are neutral salts.
NH4+ Al3+ Pb2+ Sn2+
Transition metal ions
F- C2H3O2- NO2- HCO3-
CN- CO32- S2- SO42-
During a reaction between weak acids and bases, the comparative strength of the reacting acid-base pair in the salt establishes the pH of the solutions. The salt, or the solution of the salt formed can either be acidic, neutral or basic. Acid salt is formed between a strong acid and a weak eg. NH4Cl.Abasic salt is formed between a weak acid and a strong base .eg. NaCH3COO.
Hydrolysis of Acidic Salts
Acid salt is formed between a strong acid and a weak eg. NH4Cl. Ammonia is a weak base, and a salt of ammonia with every strong acid result to a solution with a pH below 7. For instance in the reaction between hydrocholic acid and ammonia below:
HCl + NH4OH = NH4+ + Cl- + H2O
Here, the NH4+ ion reacts with water through the process of hydrolysis as shown in the equation below:
NH4+ + H2O = NH3 + H3O+ .
The acidity constant can be obtined from Kw and Kb.
[H3O+] [NH3] [OH- ]
Ka = —————- ——
= Kw / Kb
= 1.00e-14 / 1.75e-5 = 5.7e-10. Where a =acid, b =base and w = water.