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Explain the Nature of Zinc Oxide with the Help of the Reactions. - Chemistry

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Explain the nature of zinc oxide with the help of the reactions.

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Solution

Zinc oxide is an amphoteric oxide which shows both basic and acidic properties.

ZnO + 2HCl → ZnCl2 + H2O (basic nature)
                  Zinc chloride

ZnO + 2NaOH → Na2ZnO2 + H2O (acidic nature)
                       Sodium zincate

Concept: P - Block Group 16 Elements - Simple Oxides
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