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GROUP 15 ELEMENTS (V A GROUP ELEMENTS)
Synopsis : • VA group elements are Nitrogen (N) (7), Phosphorus (P) (15), Arsenic (As) (33), Antimony (Sb) (51), Bismuth (Bi) (83). • These elements are called as pnicogens. • Their compounds are called pnictides. • 78% of Atmosphere posses Nitrogen. • It is also available in the form of nitrate salts in earth’s crust. Eg : Salt petre KNO3, Chile salt petre NaNO3 etc,. • Most abundant element of this group in earths crust is P. • The important minerals of phosphorus are phosphate rocks, fluorapatite [3Ca3(PO4)2, CaF2], phosphorite [Ca3(PO4)2] etc,. • These are p–Block elements with ns2 np3 configuration. • As the P – orbitals in the outermost shells are half-filled these elements are stable. • Nitrogen is a gas, P, As, Sb and Bi are solids. • Nitrogen and Phosphorus are non – metals, Arsenic and antimony are metalloids and Bismuth is a metal. • Nitrogen exists as triple bonded diatomic gaseous molecule. Bismuth is a metal (monoatomic). • P, As and Sb exists as tetratomic, tetrahedral molecules. • The existence of Nitrogen as diatomic molecule is due to existence of pπ - Pπ multiple bonds. • The bond dissociation energy of Nitrogen is 945.4kJ. (225 kcal/mole) • pπ - Pπ multiple bonds are not possible in other elements due to repulsion between non – bonded electrons of the inner core. • Phosphorus form layered structures with a co-ordination number of P 3. • P4 has a regular tetrahedral structure having one P atom at each vertex of the tetrahedron. The bond angle ∠PPP is 60°. 60° • Atomic size increases from Nitrogen to Bismuth, less increase from As to Bi is because of less shielding effect of (n-1) d electrons. P P • Due to smaller size of nitrogen it’s electronegative value is high. • Electronegativity decreases from nitrogen to Bismuth. P • B.P. increases from Nitrogen to Bismuth. • M.P. increases from Nitrogen to Arsenic and then decreases. • Low M.P of nitrogen is due to its diatomic discrete gaseous molecules. • Due to large size and metallic character the M.P. of antimony and Bismuth decreases. • Nitrogen in solid state exists in cubic crystalline structure (α - nitrogen) and hexagonal crystalline structure (β - nitrogen). • Phosphorous exists in white, red, scarlet, violet, α - black, β - black etc. forms. • Nitrogen can form a chain of two atoms (NH2–NH2) and a chain of three atom (N3(-)). • Less catenation capacity for Nitrogen is due to less dissociation energy of N – N bond. • Phosphorus forms (P2H4). • The general oxidation states of these elements are +3 and +5 and –3 (except Bi). • Stability of + 3 form increases from nitrogen to bismuth and + 5 decreases due to inert pair effect. 1
Because of donation of lone pair of electron by NH3 to H+ ion NH4+ ion forms. Phosphonium (PH4+) ion is less stable. Mg3 N2. Remaining elements shows covalency of 5 and a maximum of 6 as in AsF6(–). In PH3 the bond angle is 94°. The size of the central atom increase and there by the metal – hydrogen bond becomes weaker due to decreased overlap between the large central atom and the small H – atom. PCl6(–). colourless gases. These hydrides have a pyramidal shape with a lone pair of electron on the central atom. On hydrolysis of binary compounds of these metals with water or dilute acids gives these hydrides. In NH3 N is sp3 hybridised in other hydrides central atom uses pure p-orbitals. Nitrogen can show maximum covalency of 4 (NH4+). When Hydrogens are methylated basic nature increases PH3 < P(CH3)3. HYDRIDES : These elements form hydrides of the type MH3 NH3(Ammonia) PH3(Phosphine) AsH3(Arsine) SbH3(Stibine) BiH3 (Bismuthine) NH3 to BiH3 the stability decreases. Due to presence of lone pair of electrons on the central atom these hydrides acts as lewis bases. The basic nature decreases as follows NH3> PH3> AsH3> SbH3> BiH3 Due to decrease in the electron density of the lone pair on the central atom.V A Group Elements • Nitrogen show various oxidation states because of small size and high electronegativity. Ca3 N2 etc. The thermal stability of this hydrides decreases from NH3to BiH3 due to decrease in M – H bond energy. In NH3 the bond angle is 107°. 2 . – 2 in N2H4 – 1 in NH2OH – 1 in N3H 3 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 0 in N2 + 1 in N2O + 2 in NO + 3 in N2O3 + 4 in NO2 + 5 in N2O5 Phosphorous show – 3 in Zn3 P2. All the hydrides can be prepared in similar methods. It shows – 3 in Li3 N. Mg3N2 + 6H2O → 3Mg (OH)2 ↓ + 2NH3↑ Ca3P2+ 6HCl → 3CaCl2 + 2PH3 ↑ NH3 and PH3 are volatile . Stibine and bismuthine are strong reducing agents. Reducing character of these hydrides gradually increases. Phosphorous is reactive due to the presence of single P – P covalent bonds. Ca3 P2.
orbitals.. • With the increase in the metallic character of the elements the halides become more ionic and their tendency towards hydrolysis decreases.V A Group Elements • Due to high electronegative difference between Nitrogen and Hydrogen NH3 is capable of forming hydrogen bonding.. • On hydrolysis of PCl3 the main product is H3PO3 (Phosphorous acid).H − N. • PF3 and PF5 are not hydrolysed because P–F bonds are stronger bonds than P – O bonds..H − N... • On hydrolysis of NCl3 the products are NH3 and HOCl. • With the increasing metallic character of the elements the halides become more ionic and their tendency towards hydrolysis decreases. H H H | | | H − N. • Trichlorides act as Lewis acids by utilizing the vacant d. • On hydrolysis of SbCl3 the main product is SbOCl (Antimony chloride). N because of non – available vacant d –orbitals and Bi due to inert pair effect.. • But as some bond angles are 90° and some are of 120° they are not stable. • Trihalides are covalent and have a tetrahedral structure. OXIDES : Oxides of Nitrogen : • Oxides of N2 are endothermic (except N2O5) and acts as better oxidants.... • On hydrolysis of ASCl3 the main product is H3ASO3 (Arsenious acid). In SbOCl and BiOCl the radicals are SbO+ and BiO+ are present.H − N− H | | | | H H H H M–H bond energies NH3>PH3> AsH3 > SbH3> BiH3 From NH3 to BH3 : 1) Thermal stability decreases 2) Reducing character increases 3) Basic nature decreases 4) Complex forming ability decreases 5) Ease of formation of hydrides decreases HALIDES : • All trihalides of these elements are possible except NBr3 and NI3 due to large size difference... PCl5 ⇔ PCl3 + Cl2(chlorinating agent) • Hydrolysis of PCl5 gives orthophosphoric acid.. • All these elements except N and Bi doesn’t form pentahalides. • N2O (Laughing gas): First prepared by priestly. • PCI5 and SbCl5 exists in triagonal bipyramid structures.. • PBr5 exists as [PBr2] Br3(–)..... NH4NO3 ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ N2O + 2H2O 2500 C • 3 . • Except N2O5 all are gases..... • Berthelot prepared it from Ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulphate and sodium nitrate. [PCl6(–)] cation is tetrahedral anion is octahedral. PCl5 + 4H2O → H3PO4+ 5HCl • Solid PCl5 is ionic compound consisting of [PCl4]+. • On hydrolysis of BiCl3 the main product is BiOCl (Bismuthyl chloride)..
N2O3 + H2O → 2HNO2 4 . On reaction with oxygen it gives reddish brown fumes. (− ) • N = N(+ ) = O ⇔ • N ≡ N+ − O •• (− ) • • •• •• •• •• •• • • • • 2KMnO 4 + 3H2SO 4 + 5N2O → K 2SO 4 + 2MnSO 4 + 3H2O + 10NO Nitric oxide (NO) Nitrogen monoxide : (Priestley) 1) 3Cu + 8HNO3 → 3Cu(NO3 )2 + 2NO + 4H2O 2) Catalytic oxidation of Ammonia gives Nitric oxide. It doesn’t dimerises due to delocalised odd electron. Structure : N2O is hybrid of following structures. 4NH3 + 5O 2 ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ 4NO + 6H2O pt gauze 900 0 C 600m • • • • • 3) By passing electric arc through N2 and O2 N2 + O2→ 2NO Properties : NO is colourless gas and heavier than air. Cu(hot)+ N2O → CuO + N2 Mixture of O2 and N2O is used as anaestheic in surgery and dentistry.P is 1232 K. In the presence of acidified potassium permanganate it undergoes oxidation to give nitric oxide.V A Group Elements (NH4 )2 SO4 + 2NaNO3 → N2O + H2O + Na2SO4 • • • It is colourless neutral gas. • • • N =O + • • − • • • • − • (+) • • • • ⇔ N= O • • N ••• O • • • In liquid and solid states it dimerises hence it is diamagnetic. electron makes it as paramagnetic. O → 6).It oxidises metals. Presence of odd. ( Ostward’s method) . 2NO ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ N2 + O2 9000 C • • • Oxidising properties : H2S + 2NO →H2O + N2O + S 2Cu + 2NO → 2CuO + N2 In the manufacture of H2SO4 by lead chamber process NO is used as catalyst. It is a linear molecule. Structure : NO has 11 valence electrons (N→ 5. It is incombustible but supports combustion of Mg and P. Mg + N2O → MgO + N2 P4 + 10 N2O →P4O10 + 10N2 Oxidising property : . 2NO + O2→ 2NO2 NO is most thermally stable oxide of N2. Fairly soluble in cold water. Nitrogen sesquioxide or dinitrogen trioxide (N2O3) : • N2O3 is a hydride of nitrous acid. At 12 K it freezes to Blue solid & its M.
• • •• •O• − • •• •O • O• • • •• • • •• •O• − N ⊕ N ⊕ •• •• N • O• • •• N O• • •• •O ••• • O •• •• The structure of N2O4 : •• • •O • O• • •• O• •• • • •• • •O • O• •• ⊕ ⊕ N • • •O • •• N N • •O •• N • O• •• − − 5 . 2Cu + 6HNO3→ N2O3 + 2Cu (NO3)2 + 3H2O • It is blue liquid and a pale blue solid. Cu + 4HNO3 → 2CuO + 4NO2 + O2 Lead nitrate on heating gives NO2 Δ Pb(NO3 )2 ⎯ ⎯→ 2PbO + 4NO 2 + O 2 NO2 dissolves in water to give nitrous and nitric acids hence it is called as mixed anhydride of HNO2 and HNO3. 2NO2 + H2O → HNO2+ HNO3 Structure : NO2 has angular structure with a bond angle of 132° . NO + NO2 ⇔ N2O3 • On action of Cu on HNO3 N2O3 is obtained. • M. • It dimerises to dinitrogen tetraoxide which is colourless solid. • It’s salts are called as nitrites. 2NO + 2KOH → KNO2 + H2O Structure : i) ii) O O N N O O N N O O Nitrogen Dioxide : • It is reddish brown gas. 2NO 2 Brown Paramagnet ic −11 C ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ N2O 4 0 • Colourless solid diamagnetic • • • Reduction of conc nitric acid with metals like Cu.P is –102° C.V A Group Elements By cooling a mixture of NO and NO2 in equimolar ratio to – 20°C N2O3 is obtained. • It is acidic oxide. Ag gives NO2. It posses a three electron bond and hence it is coloured and paramagnetic.
e. 35°C. Phosphorous forms the following oxides. Structure : It is an ionic solid i. Nitronium nitrate (NO2+. P4O10 P4 O 6 P P P P P P P P Phosphorus is linked to 3 oxygens Phosphorus is linked to 4 oxygens 6 .V A Group Elements • • It turns ferrous sulphate solution black. N2O5 + 2NaOH →2NaNO3 + H2O As it decomposes easily it acts as powerful oxidizing agent.P.NO3–) O O O O N−O −N O O ↔ O N−O −N O • • • As the size of the central atom increases the basic property increases. Above it’s melting point it decomposes to N2O4 and O2 . 2N2O5 + H2O →2HNO3 It is anhydride of nitric acid. 4 10 2HNO3 ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ N2O5 + H2O PO • • • • • • • • 4AgNO3 + 2Cl2 →4AgCl + 2N2O5 + O2 N2O5 is white solid. M. 2NO2 + 2KOH →KNO2 + KNO3 + H2O Nitrogen pentaoxide : • On dehydration of Nitric acid with the help of phosphorous pentoxide N2O5 is obtained. N2O5 + H2O → 2HNO3 It reacts with bases to give nitrate salts. NO2 gives nascent oxygen hence it acts as oxidizing agent NO2→ NO + (O) SO2 + NO2 + H2O →H2SO4 + NO H2S + NO2 → S + NO + H2O • When reacts with alkalis it form nitrates and nitrites. +3 +4 +5 P2O3 P2O4 P2O5 P2O3 and P2O5 exist as dimmers P4O6 and P4O10.
It acts as an oxidising and reducing agent. It is an unstable and weak acid. As and Sb are amphoteric and Bismuth are basic.e reducing agents like H2S. On standing it undergoes auto oxidation-reduction in acidic solution 3HNO 2 → HNO3 + 2NO + H 2O In this reaction In HNO2 → HNO3 O.e in two structural isomers. OXYACIDS OF NITROGEN : Hypo nitrous acid : HNO (or) H2N2O2 : The molecular formula of Hypo nitrous acid is H 2 N 2O2 Nitrous acid (HNO2) : Nitrous acid is unstable except in dilute solutions In the laboratory it is prepared by the addition of ice cold dilute acid to Barium nitrite Ba ( NO 2 )2 + H 2SO 4 → BaSO 4 + 2HNO 2 ( ice cold ) Its solution is slightly bluish in colour due to the presence N2O3. Tautomers and resonance hybrids : In Tautomers the skeleton of atoms in the structures differs In resonance hybrids the skeleton of atoms doesn’t change HNO2 is a weak acid and its salts are known as nitrites Ex : Sodium Nitrite NaNO2 It is obtained by dissolving N2O3 in water.e “HNO2” as oxidant changes to ‘NO’ and as reductant changes to “HNO3” With oxidising agents stronger than HNO2 like KMnO4. SO2 ‘or’ Sn+2 solutions HNO2 functions as oxidant At low temperatures HNO2 reacts with aromatic primary amines and gives “diazonium compounds” Diazonium compounds can be converted into different substituted aromatic compounds Structure of (HNO2) : HNO2 exists in two tautomeric forms i.S of ‘N’ changes from +3 to +5 In HNO2 → NO O. Oxides of Nitrogen and phosphorous are acidic.S of N changes from +3 to +2 i. Br2 + H 2 O or H2O2 solutions HNO2 functions as reductant.V A Group Elements • • Acidic character of the oxides increases with increases in the oxidation state of central atom. Where as with weaker oxidants i. K2Cr2O7. Its structure is HO .N = O Nitric acid (HNO3) : “Aqua fortis” In laboratory it is prepared by the action of conc H2SO4 on KNO3 or NH4NO3 KNO3 + H2SO4 → KHSO4 + HNO3 7 .
Structure : H | HO − P − OH || O H (or) HO P O O • Orthophosphoric acid (H3PO4) : 8 . H3PO4 and its salts are good reducing agents. Decomposes on heating to give PH3 and H3PO4. Basicity of H3PO2 is one. O || HO − O − N → O Oxyacids of phosphorous : • • • • • Hypophosphorous acid : (H3 PO2) Salts are called as hypophosphates. The acid and its salts are powerful reducing agents. It oxides non-metals to their corresponding oxides or oxoacids P4 + 20HNO3 → 4H3PO4 + 20NO2 + 4H2O C + 4HNO3 → CO2 + 4NO2 + 2H2O The structure of nitric acid is H O − N = O U HO − N → O ↓ || O O • This is a monobasic acid It is a strong oxidising agent Pernitric acid : HNO4 is called as per nitric acid. It decomposes on heating to give PH3. Toluene and phenol H 2SO4 → C6H5NO2 + H2O C6H6 + HNO3 ⎯⎯⎯ It is a very strong oxidising agent. Structure : O || H − O − P − H (or) | H O P HO H H • • • • • • Ortho Phosphorous acid : (H3PO3) Forms two series of salts phosphite (Normal) and hydrogen phosphite (Acidic).V A Group Elements A mixture of 1 : 1 conc HNO3 and Conc H2SO4 is known as nitration mixture It is used in nitration reaction of organic compounds like Benzene. It gives two series of salts primary phosphites (H2PO3) and secondary phosphites (HPO3–2).
Dihydrogen phosphate H2PO − 4 . P2O5 on hydrolysis gives H3PO4. Structure : OH | O = P −O− | OH OH | P =O | OH H O P O O H O H O P O H O Metaphosphoric acid (HPO3) : • By heating H3PO4 or H4P2O7 it is obtained. ( ) ( ( ) ) • • It is syrupy liquid due to hydrogen bonding. • As it is transparent. • It’s salts are known as metaphosphates . − Phosphate PO3 4 .V A Group Elements • • • Ca3(PO4) with H2SO4 gives H3PO4. glassy solid it is known as glacial phosphoric acid. Kurrol’s salt and madrell’s salt (NaPO3)n. Forms three types of salts (basicity is three). • It is a monobasic acid. It is a Tetrabasic acid. • Free monophosphate (PO3–) ions doesn’t exist where as it forms a ring compounds like triphosphates. Na2H2P2O7 is used in making bread. − Hydrogen phosphate HPO2 4 . Ca2P2O7 is used in fluoride tooth pastes. gently heating strong heating H3PO4 ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ H4P2O7 ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯⎯ ⎯ ⎯→ HPO3 (orthophosphoric acid) (pyrophosphoric acid) (meta phosphoric acid) Structure : OH • • • • • • •• O = P •• • • • • OH • • OH • • • • • • • Used in the preparation of HBr and HI. tetraphosphates or polyphosphates. • It’s polymeric sodium metaphosphates are called as Graham’s salt . Pyrophosphoric acid : (H4P2O7) : It forms salts of type M4P2O7 and M2H2P2O7. The acid looses water steadily on heating. Structure : O || HO − P = O 9 .
Structure : OH | HO − P − O − OH || O PREPARATION AND USES OF NITRIC ACID : (HNO3) HNO3 is the most important oxy acid of Nitrogen HNO3 is prepared on large scale by 1) Birkland-Eydes process (Arc process) 2) Ostwald’s process (from ammonia) BIRK LAND-EYDES PROCESS used at places where electric power is cheap. nitroglycerine etc.7kJ 2 NO + O2 → 2 NO2 4 NO2 + O2 + 2 H 2O → 4 HNO3 • OSTWALD’S PROCESS (FROM AMMONIA) : NH3 mixed with air in 1 : 7 or 1 : 8 when passed over a hot platinum gauze catalyst is oxidised (95%) to NO pt gauze 4NH3 + 5O2 ⎯⎯⎯ ⎯ → 4NO+6H2O+1275 K. Then it is passed into warm water under pressure in presence of excess air where HNO3 is formed. • PRINCIPLE:Electric arc N 2 + O2 ⎯⎯⎯⎯ → 2 NO. Structure : OH | HO − P − || O OH | P − OH || O H O P O H O O H H O P O Peroxy phosphoric acid( H3PO5) : It is a Tribasic acid. Stage-3 98% HNO3 is cooled in a freezing mixture then crystals of pure HNO3 seperates out. Uses of HNO3 : In the manufacture of fertilisers like basic calcium nitrate [CaO.J 1155 K The liberated heat keeps the catalyst hot The NO gas is cooled and mixed with oxygen to get NO2 in oxidation chamber. • • • 10 . Concentration of HNO3 : The crude HNO3 is concentrated in three stages Stage-1 61% HNO3 is distilled until 68% HNO3 is obtained Stage-2 68% HNO3 is mixed with Conc H2SO4 and distilled again where 98% acid is obtained. ΔH = +180. 4NO2+O2+2H2O → 4HNO3 The acid formed is about 61% concentrated.V A Group Elements Hypophosphoric acid (H4P2O6) : It is a tetrabasic acid.Ca(NO3)2] In the preparation of explosives like TNT.
explosive like ammonium nitrate. • Nitric acid manufacture (by Ostwarld’s process). gives ammonia. ammonia is required. • Quick lime is used to dry NH3. NH4Cl + NaOH → NaCl + NH3+ H2O Cyanamide process : Calcium carbide on reaction with nitrogen gas at 1273k in the presence of CaCl2 or CaF2 as catalyst gives calcium cyanamide and graphite mixture.V A Group Elements • • • as nitration mixture along with H2SO4 In the preparation of perfumes.93. • In the preparation of rayon and artificial silks. P2O5 and H2SO4 are acidic hence they can’t be used as drying agents for NH3. Hybridisation sp3. explosive like ammonium nitrate. 11 . • NH3 with hot CuO gives N2 gas. • Saturated sol of NH3 at room temperature contains 35% (w/w) NH3. • At 20°C 1 litre H2O dissolves 700 litres of NH3. • In the manufacture of sodium carbonate by Solvay process ammonia is used. • For nitrogenous fertilizers like ammonium sulphate. • NH3 acts as ligand and forms complexes like [Ag (NH3)2]+.e “cellulose nitrate” Ammonia : • Distillation of NH4+ salt with a base gives ammonia. calcium ammonium nitrate etc. ammonia is the starting material. • Structure : Pyramidal in shape. • Liquior ammonia is useful as a good solvent for both ionic as well as covalent compounds. N2+ 3H2 2NH3 . • NH3 in the presence of catalyst gives NO. dyes and medicines HNO3 is a very strong oxidising agent used in the oxidation of cyclohexanol or Cyclohexanone to adipic acid. 453K CaCN2 + 3H2O ⎯⎯ ⎯→ CaCO 3 + 2NH3 Haber – Bosch process : • H2 and N2 gives in 3 : 1 ratio with iron as catalyst and Mo or small amounts of mixture of potassium and aluminium oxides (K2O and Al2O3) as promoter and at a pressure of 200 atm. ammonia is required. • CaCl2. ΔH = . 1273 − 1378K CaC 2 + N2 ⎯⎯ ⎯⎯⎯ ⎯→ CaCN2 + C • • Hydrolysis of cyanamide with steam gives NH3. Uses of Ammonia : • NH3 is used in refrigeration due to high latent heat of evaporation. Preparation.63 kJ • In serpeck’s process by product is NH3. • With lesser Cl2 on oxidation NH3 gives N2 and with excess Cl2 gives NCl3. urea. This is called as nitrolim. • NH3 is Lewis base. 725 – 775 k. p-xylene to terepthalic acid In the preparation of artificial silk i. [Cu(NH3)4]2+ etc.
2H2O) Mixture of calcium dihydrogen phosphoate [Ca(H2PO4)2] and gypsum (CaSO4.2H2O) is known as super phosphate of lime. CaSO4 present in superphosphate of lime is insoluble waste product. To avoid it superphosphate is changed into triple phosphate which is completely dissolves in water. H2SO4 is allowed to take place for 24 – 36 hours.V A Group Elements •• •• N •• •• •• H H H H H • • • • • • • • • H A mixture of CaC2 + Ca3 P2 is used as Holmes signals. The carbonate and the fluoride impurities in the phosphate rock react with H2SO4 and liberate CO2 and HF gases. Powdered phosphate rock (calcium phosphate) on treating with concentrated sulphuric acid (chamber acid) Ca3(PO4)2+2H2SO4+4H2O→ Ca(H2PO4)2+ 2(CaSO4. In the above reaction the temperature rises to about 373 – 383 K. 2H2O) + heat The reaction between phosphate rock and conc. Superphosphate of lime (calcium superphosphate) Ca(H2PO4)2 + 2(CaSO4 . 12 . Uses: Superphosphate of lime is a good phosphate fertilizer.
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