What type of reaction is #SiO_2 + HF -> SiF_4 + H_2O#?

1 Answer
Mar 18, 2016

An acid-base reaction, where hydrogen fluoride is the acid, and the base is glass.


#SiO_2(g) + 6HF(aq) rarr H_2SiF_6(aq) + 2H_2O(l)#

One of the major uses of hydrogen fluoride (or hydrofluoric acid) is to etch glass, so this reaction is directly exploited. Hydrofluoric acid is treated with great respect (i.e. with meticulous care) in the laboratory.