What happens to nonpolar covalent bonds in water?

1 Answer
Mar 13, 2016

They do not change.


Using the analogy of “Like dissolves like” a nonpolar substance will not dissolve or mix in water, but will form a layer above or below the water, or suspended globules within it. However, the BOND nature is neither affected by the solvent nor does the compound react with the polar bonds of water. The immiscibility of nonpolar and polar substances does make it a useful property for separating compounds, and it is a major part of ionic solution chemistry applications.