Why is acetone soluble in oil and water?


Acetone is an organic compound that is extremely flammable. C3H6O is the chemical formula for this organic solvent. It can be found in automobile exhaust, plants, trees, and forest fires. It can also be found in the human body, most commonly in urine and blood. Furthermore, it is colourless and highly flammable and  has a pungent, floral, or unpleasant odour and is miscible in water, ether, and ethanol.

  • Despite the fact that water and oil are polar and non-polar, acetone is soluble in both in oil and water.
  • Acetone acts as a good solvent for many organic chemicals because it contains nonpolar C–C and C–H bonds as well as a highly polar C=O bond.
  • Acetone has a polar C=O bond that can form hydrogen bonds with the dipoles of water.
  • Acetone also contains two methyl groups that interact with oil through dispersion forces; both the methyl groups and the oil are nonpolar.
  • Acetone has polar and nonpolar properties, allowing it to interact with polar and nonpolar compounds via dipole-dipole and dispersion intermolecular forces.

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