Posts Tagged ‘lowest energy geometry’

Spotting the unexpected. The hydration of formaldehyde.

Monday, March 12th, 2012

In my previous post I speculated why bis(trifluoromethyl) ketone tends to fully form a hydrate when dissolved in water, but acetone does not. Here I turn to asking why formaldehyde is also 80% converted to methanediol in water? Could it be that again, the diol is somehow preferentially stabilised compared to the carbonyl precursor and if so, why?