Hypobromous Acid is a weak and unstable acid which has a similar chemical and physical property as of hypohalites. hypohalites are the oxyanion having halogen in oxidation state +1. Hypobromous Acid has the capacity to kill pathogens and bacterias hence it is used as a disinfectant, oxidizer, bleach, and a deodorant.
Let us learn about the chemical properties of Hypobromous Acid.
|HBrO or BrHO
|Oxayl bromide, bromic(I) acid, bromanol, hydroxidobromine
Hypobromous Acid Structural Formula
When bromine reacts with water hypobromous acid is formed.
Br2 + H2O ⇄ HOBr + HBr
The structural formula of hypobromous acid is as shown in the figure below.
Use Of Hypobromous Acid
- Hypobromous acid is used as a deodorant, oxidizer and bleach.
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