Hypobromous Acid Formula

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.

Chemical formula HBrO or BrHO
Molecular weight 96.911 g/mol
Density 2.470 g/cm3
Chemical names Oxayl bromide, bromic(I) acid, bromanol, hydroxidobromine
Acidity (pKa) 8.65
Boiling point 20–25 °C

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.

Hypobromous Acid Structural Formula

Use Of Hypobromous Acid

  • Hypobromous acid is used as a deodorant, oxidizer and bleach.

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