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A conjugate acid, within the Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory, is a species formed by the reception of a proton (H) by a base—in other words, it is a base with a.

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An example of this case would be the dissociation of Hydrochloric acid HCl in water. A cation can be a conjugate acid, and an anion can be a conjugate base, depending on which substance is involved and which acid—base theory is the viewpoint.

A second common application with an organic compound would be the production of a buffer with acetic acid.

Buffers have both organic and non-organic chemical applications. C 6 H 5 NH 2 Aniline. Similarly, if an acid is weak, its conjugate base will be strong. H 2 S Hydrosulfuric acid. The conjugate base in the after side of the equation lost a hydrogen ion, so in the before side of the equation, the compound that has one more hydrogen ion of the conjugate base is the acid.

Refer to the following figure:. In an acid-base reactionan acid plus a base reacts to form a conjugate base plus a conjugate acid:. On the other hand, if a species is classified as a strong acid, its conjugate base will be weak in nature.

H 2 CO 3 Carbonic acid. If a conjugate base is classified as strong, it will “hold on” to the hydrogen proton when in solution and its acid will not dissociate. Retrieved from ” https: The strength of a conjugate base can be seen as the tendency of the species to “pull” hydrogen protons towards itself. One use of conjugate acids and bases lies in buffering systems, which include a buffer solution. This page was last edited on 30 Julyat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Views Read Edit View history. The strength of a conjugate acid is directly proportional to its dissociation constant. We say that the water molecule is the conjugate acid of the hydroxide ion after the latter received the hydrogen proton donated by ammonium.

H 2 O Water. On the other hand, ammonia is the conjugate base for the acid ammonium after ammonium has bronstedd a hydrogen ion towards the production of the water molecule. H 2 O Water neutral, pH 7. C 6 H 6 CO 2 Benzoic acid. This functions as such:. To identify the conjugate acid, look for the pair of compounds that are related.

The acid and conjugate base as well as the base and conjugate acid are known as conjugate pairs.

The most important buffer in our bloodstream is the carbonic acid-bicarbonate bufferwhich prevents drastic pH changes when CO 2 is introduced. CH 3 NH 2 Methylamine. In contrast, here is a table of baea and their conjugate acids.

The before is the reactant side of the equation, the after is the product side of the equation.

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Acid strength decreases and conjugate base strength increases down the table. C 2 H 5 NH 2 Ethylamine. H 3 PO 4 Phosphoric acid. Conjugates are formed when an acid loses a hydrogen proton or a base gains a hydrogen proton.

Conjugate acid

In this case, the reactants are the acids and bases, and the acid corresponds to the conjugate base on the product side of the chemical equation; as does the base to the conjugate acid on the product side of the equation.


Acetic acid, along with many other weak acids, serve as useful components of buffers in different lab settings, each useful within their own pH range.

In a buffer, a weak acid and its conjugate base in the form of a saltor a weak base and its conjugate acid, are used in order to limit the pH change during a titration process. Similarly, base strength decreases and conjugate acid strength brondted down the table.

Based on this information, it is clear that the terms “Acid”, “Base”, “conjugate acid”, and “conjugate base” are not fixed for a certain chemical species; but are interchangeable according to the reaction taking place. H 2 SO 4 Sulfuric acid. Therefore, bronsteed acids will have weak conjugate bases, unlike the misconception that they have strong conjugate bases. The acid—base reaction can be viewed in a before and after sense.

The simplest anion which can be a conjugate base is the solvated electron whose conjugate acid is the atomic hydrogen. Lactic acid has the formula C 3 H 6 O 6 and its conjugate base is used in intravenous fluids that consist of sodium and potassium cations along with lactate and chloride anions in solution with distilled water.