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IUPAC name
Other names
Dihydrogen monoxide
Dihydrogen oxide
Hydrogen oxide
Hydric acid
Hydrogen hydroxide
Hydrogenyl alcohol
Molar mass 18.01528(33) g/mol
Appearance Colorless liquid
Odor Odorless
Density See here
Melting point 0 °C (32 °F; 273 K) (ultrapure water can supercool as low as −48.3 °C)
Boiling point 100 °C (212 °F; 373 K)
Solubility Reacts with acid anhydrides, acyl chlorides, certain inorganic chlorides,
Miscible with some lower-chain liquids (alcohols, amines, carboxylic acids, cyclic ethers), acetaldehyde, acetone, acetonitrile, DMSO, DMF, hydrazine, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen peroxide, N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone, nitric acid, sulfolane, sulfuric acid
Slightly soluble in carbonate esters, ethyl acetate, furfural, methyl ethyl ketone, methyl formate, nitromethane
Immiscible with carbon disulfide, esters, ethers, halocarbons, hydrocarbons
Vapor pressure 0.031276 atm (at 25 °C)
Acidity (pKa) 13.995
69.95 ± 0.03 J·mol-1·K-1
-285.83 ± 0.040 kJ/mol
Safety data sheet Sigma-Aldrich
Flash point Non-flammable
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
~100,000 mg/kg
Related compounds
Related compounds
Hydrogen peroxide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references

Water is a chemical compound with the formula H2O and is a versatile solvent often used in the laboratory.



Water the most commonly used laboratory solvent, due to its property of not being flammable like many other solvents, ability to dissolve a wide range of compounds, cheapness and availability, and non-toxicity as well as being mostly inert.

Water will react with alkaline metals, alkaline earth metals (except beryllium) and lanthanides to release hydrogen gas.

M + H2O → MOH + H2

Addition of water to many anhydrous transition metal salts and some post-transition metal salts will give the hydroxy salt of said metal, which, if heated will not return back to the anhydrous salt, but instead it will form a compound containing an oxygen or a hydroxide and the anion of the compound. A good example is the dissolution of tin(II) chloride or aluminium chloride in water. Transition metal halides, like titanium(IV) chloride will hydrolyze in contact with water.


Water is able to ionize and form hydronium and hydroxide ions in solution in concentrations of about one ten millionth of a molar.


Water is a clear colorless liquid with a density of 1.00 g/ml at 4 °C, a boiling point of 100 °C, and a freezing point of 0°C. It is odorless, tasteless, and somewhat volatile.


Distilled water is available at most grocery stores for less than one dollar per gallon. Tap water is essentially free. Some home setups for distillation of water can actually produce enough distilled water for lab use, but energy costs are a major concern.

For most reactions, it's best to used distilled water, either bought or made, as the presence of chlorine in tap water may interfere with some reagents (ex: silver nitrate).


Water can be prepared by the ignition of any hydrocarbon or hydrogen. It can also be prepared by distillation of water from a lake or ocean, however none of the methods are economical due to the cheap price of water.


Water is a widely used solvent and is often the only solvent used in beginner inorganic chemistry, or its more common term of "wet chemistry".

  • Dissolving alkali metals in water
  • Making hydroxides from metal oxides
  • Hydrated crystals
  • Ice crystals
  • Cooling baths
  • Oxoacids
  • Generating hydrogen or oxygen via electrolysis
  • Solvent extraction/washing



Ingestion of large amounts (really, really large amounts) of pure water can upset the osmotic balance is the body. The human body is composed mainly of water, though small amounts of any liquid, including water, can be fatal when inhaled, through a process commonly known as drowning.

It is recommended that a specific supply of distilled water is purchased.


Distilled water should be stored in closed bottles, away from heat or light sources to limit its evaporation, as well as to reduce its contamination with dust or other contaminants (otherwise you won't be needing pure water).

If you need ultrapure water for various sensitive analyses (such as pH), it's mandatory you air-tight the water bottle/containers, as water will rapidly absorb carbon dioxide from air, which lowers the pH.


Down the drain the water goes. Or in the garden. Just be sure it's clean water.


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