Water Forms Hydrogen Bonds with Polar Solutes

Hydrogen bonds are not unique to water. They readily form between an electronegative atom (the hydrogen acceptor, usually oxygen or nitrogen with a lone pair of electrons) and a hydrogen atom covalently bonded to another electronegative atom (the hydrogen donor) in the same or another molecule (Fig. 2-3). Hydrogen atoms covalently bonded to carbon atoms do not participate in hydrogen bonding, because carbon is only

Hydrogen acceptor

Hydrogen donor

Hydrogen acceptor

Hydrogen donor

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