Do you use (aq) in non-aqueous solution?

E.g.: Let's say I'm working with liquid ammonia, the self-dissociation reaction goes like

#2NH_(3(l)) rarr NH_4^+ + NH_2^-#

Would I still say the ions are aqueous? Would I say they're "ammoneous"?

1 Answer
Mar 8, 2016


No, you cannot use (aq) for non-aqueous solutions.


The symbol (aq) specifically means "aqueous" or "dissolved in water", so you cannot use it to denote any species that is dissolved in something other than water. The symbol for non-aqueous solutions regularly used in IUPAC publications is "(non-aq)".