Molecular autoionization (or self-ionization) is a reaction between molecules of the same substance to produce ions. If a pure liquid partially dissociates into ions, it is said to be self-ionizing.:163 The oxidation number on all atoms in such a reaction remains unchanged. Such autoionization can be protic (H+
transfer), or non-protic. Some examples of each are:
Protic solvents often undergo some autoionization
5 ⇌ PF−
6 + PF+
Autoionization is not restricted to neat liquids or solids. Solutions of metal complexes exhibit this property. For example, compounds of the type FeX2(terpyridine) are unstable with respect to autoionization [Fe(terpyridine)2]2+[FeX4]2−.
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