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accepted Does an electric field create a pH gradient?
Dec
16
comment Does an electric field create a pH gradient?
Let's also hope someone provides a more thorough physical analysis... :)
Dec
16
asked Does an electric field create a pH gradient?
Dec
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revised Proving that interval preserving transformations are linear
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Dec
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revised Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
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revised Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
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comment Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
@ManishEarth Can you migrate this question to Physics.SE now? It's been almost a week. The current answer by Nicolau is helpful but it doesn't explain the physical mechanism behind the entropy decrease.
Dec
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accepted Viscosity of water in the presence of solutes
Dec
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asked Viscosity of water in the presence of solutes
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comment Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
@ManishEarth agreed
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comment Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
So you're saying that some very strongly polar hydrophiles can decrease the entropy of water molecules in their vicinity even more than hydrophobic compounds? That's more in accordance with my intuition...
Dec
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comment Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
I want to understand the physical mechanism behind the entropy increase of dissolving a nonpolar compound in water. I think that's more suited to Physics.SE.
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comment Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
@SatwikPasani I read it. Thanks for pointing it out, but it is not a duplicate. Actually, if you read the answer given there, it seems to support my intuition that hydrophilic compounds attach to water molecules, reducing their freedom and thus decreasing entropy. However, my question is why the decrease in entropy associated with the water molecules in the vicinity of an hydrophobic compound is greater.
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asked Why the dissolution of hydrophobic compounds decreases the entropy of water molecules in the vicinity of the solute?
Nov
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accepted What is the “direction” of the transition dipole moment? (Understanding Eq. 9.29, Charge and Energy Transfer 3rd Ed, May & Kuhn)
Nov
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comment What is the “direction” of the transition dipole moment? (Understanding Eq. 9.29, Charge and Energy Transfer 3rd Ed, May & Kuhn)
+1 Thanks! Very thorough answer.
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awarded  Benefactor
Nov
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accepted How long does it take for a chemostat to reach equilibrium?
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revised chemostat wiki excerpt
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