Why are liquid alkyl halides immiscible in water?

1 Answer
Apr 16, 2016

The water molecules are unable to solvate the alkyl halides due to the strong hydrogen bonding between #"H"_2"O"# molecules.


Water exhibits strong hydrogen bonding due to the hydrogen atom being bonded to a highly electronegative oxygen atom.

The dipole-dipole interactions between water and alkyl halide molecules are not as strong to overcome the hydrogen bonding between water molecules.