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Encyclopedia > Hypobromous acid

Hypobromous acid is a weak, unstable acid with chemical formula HOBr. It occurs only in solution and has chemical and physical properties that are very similar to those of hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is a weak, unstable acid with chemical formula HOCl. ...


In aqueous solution, hypobromous acid partially decomposes into the hypobromite anion BrO- (also known as the bromate(I) anion) and the proton H+. The salts of hypobromous acid are also called hypobromites.


When pure bromine is added to water, it forms hypobromous acid and hydrobromic acid (HBr): Hydrobromic Acid is a chemical compound, with the chemical formula HBr. ...


Br2 + H2O → HOBr + HBr


HOBr is used as a bleach, an oxidizer, a deodorant, and a disinfectant, due to its ability to kill the cells of many pathogens. It is especially effective when used in combination with its coneger, hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is a weak, unstable acid with chemical formula HOCl. ...


 
 

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