Definition of superacid in English:

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superacid

Pronunciation: /ˈso͞opərˌasəd/

noun

Chemistry
A solution of a strong acid in a very acidic (usually nonaqueous) solvent, functioning as a powerful protonating agent.
Example sentences
  • Typical solid Brönsted superacids include titanium dioxide: sulfuric acid and zirconium dioxide: sulfuric acid mixtures.
  • What makes superacids difficult is that chemistry's going on, the making and breaking of bonds.
  • Urea and substituted ureas exhibit a weak basicity and may bind a superacid in the form of a quarternary ammonium salt.

Derivatives

superacidity

Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opərəˈsiditē/
noun
Example sentences
  • These versatile liquids exhibit Brønsted and Lewis acidity and superacidity; they include liquids ranging from hydrophobic to hydrophilic, and from water-sensitive to air stable.
  • Hammett's first great contribution to chemistry was the concept of superacidity and his acidity function.
  • As the range of superacidity covers over 11 logarithmic units of the Hammett acidity scale, the mechanistic behavior of small alkanes vary accordingly.

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Syllabification: su·per·ac·id

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