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    I was wondering why cyclohexanol is more soluble in water than 1-hexanol even though they both have one OH group. Thanks
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    (Original post by Cybertrixx)
    I was wondering why cyclohexanol is more soluble in water than 1-hexanol even though they both have one OH group. Thanks
    Both have OH groups so the effect cannot have anything to do with hydrogen bonding.

    I would say that the longer chain aliphatic structure has a greater surface area then the alicyclic molecule resulting in a greater degree of intermolecular dispersion force between its molecules, making the tendency to dissolve in water, which has only weak dispersion forces, less.

    Stickier molecule = less likely to gain energetic advantage by bonding to small unsticky molecules.
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    (Original post by charco)
    Both have OH groups so the effect cannot have anything to do with hydrogen bonding.

    I would say that the longer chain aliphatic structure has a greater surface area then the alicyclic molecule resulting in a greater degree of intermolecular dispersion force between its molecules, making the tendency to dissolve in water, which has only weak dispersion forces, less.

    Stickier molecule = less likely to gain energetic advantage by bonding to small unsticky molecules.
    Nice. Thanks for clearing that up for me
    cheers
 
 
 

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