What is the electron configuration of H+?

1 Answer
Nov 2, 2015

This always represents a problem in the concept of acidity.


When we talk of acidity in water, there is no such entity as #H^+# or #H_3O^+#. We use these species in acid/base calculations, but we use them for convenience. As far as anyone knows, the acidium species in water is a cluster of 4-5 water molecules with an extra proton; i.e. #[H_9O_4]^+#. These clusters rapidly exchange a #H^+# entity between themselves. If you play rugby, think of a maul, where the beefy forwards exchange the pill from hand to hand, and then peel off.