What is inorganic carbon? Can you give examples?

1 Answer
Nov 25, 2016

Answer:

Ever herd of #"calcium carbide"#?

Explanation:

#"Calcium carbide"# is the calcium salt of acetylene, #HC-=CH#, i.e. #Ca^(2+)""^(-)C-=C^-#. It is produced from lime and coke at high temperatures. This is purely inorganic carbon, but organic chemistry features both Grignard and lithium reagents (and other metallated species), polar organometallic species, with some ionic character.