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General Consideration

In atomic form it consists of only one proton and one electron.

In elemental form it exists as a diatomic (H2) molecule and is called dihydrogen.

Hydrogen has similarity with alkali metals and halogens 

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Similarity with alkali metals

1.       Reducing nature

2.      Electronic configuration

3.      Electropositive nature

4.      Oxidation state

Similarity with halogens

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1.       Electronic configuration

2.      Electronegative nature

3.      Oxidation state

4.      I.P.

5.      Formation of covalent compounds

Isotopes of Hydrogen

1.       Isotopes have the same electronic configuration,

2.      They have almost the same chemical properties.

3.      The only difference is in their rates of reactions, mainly due to their different enthalpy of bond dissociation T2 > D2 > H2

4.      Physical properties these isotopes differ considerably due to their large mass differences. 

Relative abundance(%)99.9850.015610⁻¹⁵
Relative Atomic Mass(g mol⁻¹)1.0082.0143.016
Nuclear spin quantum number1/211/2
Radioactive/StabilityNon radioactive, StableNon radioactive, StableRadioactive, Unstable(t1/2=12.33y)

Dihydrogen, H₂

Laboratory Preparation

By the reaction of granulated zinc with dilute hydrochloric acid.

Zn + 2H+ Zn2+ + H2

By the reaction of zinc with aqueous alkali.

Zn + 2NaOH Na2ZnO2 + H2

Commercial Preparation

Electrolysis of acidified water using platinum electrodes gives hydrogen

2H2O(l) 2H2(g) + O2(g)

High purity (>99.95%) dihydrogen is obtained by electrolysing warm aqueous barium hydroxide solution between nickel electrodes

Chemical Properties

The H–H bond dissociation enthalpy is the highest for a single bond between two atoms of any element.

Reaction with halogens, dioxygen, metal, dinitrogen

Uses of Dihydrogen

1.       Synthesis of ammonia, methanol, HCl

2.      Manufacture of vanaspati fat

3.      In metallurgical processes

4.      Fuel cells for generating electrical energy

5.      Cutting and welding purposes.

6.      Rocket fuel in space research.


The hydrides are classified into three categories:

  • Ionic or saline or salt-like hydrides
  • Covalent or molecular hydrides
  • Metallic or non-stoichiometric hydride

Ionic or saline or salt like hydrides

Most of the s-block elements

LiH, BeH2and MgH2

LiH, BeH2 are covalent character

Lithium hydride is rather unreactive

Rest of are ionic hydrides are crystalline, non-volatile and non-conducting in solid state. However, their melts conduct electricity.

Covalent or Molecular Hydride

1.       p-block elements form this types of hydride

2.      Most familiar examples are CH4, NH3, H2O and HF

3.      Being covalent, they are volatile compounds

(i) Electron-deficient

1.       In fact all elements of group 13 will form electron-deficient compounds.

2.      They act as Lewis acids

3.      Diborane (B2H6) is an example.

(ii) Electron-precise

1.       All elements of group 14 form such compounds (CH4)

2.      Electron-precise compounds have the required number of electrons to write their conventional Lewis structures. 

(iii) Electron-rich hydrides

1.       Electron-rich hydrides have excess electrons which are present as lone pairs.

2.      Elements of group 15-17 form such compounds. (NH3, H2O and HF, has one, two and there lone pair respectively).

3.      They will behave as Lewis bases 

Metallic or Non-stoichiometric (or Interstitial ) Hydrides

1.       These are formed by many d-block and f-block elements.

2.      The metals of group 7, 8 and 9  do not form hydride.

3.      From group 6, only Chromium forms CrH.

4.      They are almost always nonstoichiometric, being deficient in hydrogen

5.      They were termed as interstitial hydride

6.      The property of absorption of hydrogen on transition metals is widely used in catalytic reduction / hydrogenation reactions

LaH2.87 YbH2.55 YiH1.5-1.8 ZrH1.3-1.75


Human body has about 65% and some plants have as much as 95% water

Extensive hydrogen bonding

High freezing point, high boiling point, high heat of vaporisation and high heat of fusion in comparison to H2S and H2Se

Heavy Water (D₂O):

It is extensively used as a moderator in nuclear reactors and in exchange reactions for the study of reaction mechanisms.

It can be prepared by exhaustive electrolysis of water.

Dielectric constant of H2O is more than D2O

How many hydrogen-bonded water molecule(s) are associated in CuSO4.5H2O

Density of ice is less than that of water. Therefore, an ice cube floats on water.

Ice has a highly ordered three dimensional hydrogen bonded structure

Each oxygen atom is surrounded tetrahedrally by four other oxygen atoms at a distance of 276 pm

Chemical Properties of Water

1.       Amphoteric Nature

2.      Redox Reactions

3.      Hydrolysis

4.      Hydrates

Hard and Soft Water

Hard water:

Presence of calcium and magnesium salts in the form of

hydrogen carbonate, chloride and sulphate in water makes water ‘hard’.

Hard water does not give lather with soap.

Soft water

Water free from soluble salts of calcium and magnesium is called Soft water. It gives lather with soap easily. 

Hardness of water is of two types:

(i) Temporary hardness       (ii) Permanent hardness.

Temporary hardness is due to the presence of magnesium and calcium hydrogen carbonates.

It is due to the presence of soluble salts of magnesium and calcium in the form of chlorides and sulphates in water. 

Hydrogen Peroxide (H₂O₂)


Barium peroxide

BaO2.8H2O(s) + H2SO4(aq) BaSO4(s) + H2O2(aq) + 8H2O(l)

Peroxo Disulphate:

2HSO4(aq) – Electrolysis HO3SOOSO3H (aq) – Hydrolysis 2HSO4(aq) + 2H+ (aq) + H2O2 (aq)

Industrial method: by oxidation of 2-alklylanthraquinols.

2 – ethylanthraquinol H2O2 + Oxidised Product

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