Contrary to the notable property, hydrophile, its cousin, hydrophobe, is the complete opposite of hydrophile. Hydrophobic, meaning “water-fearing” from Greek, in contrast to hydrophilic’s meaning of “water-loving”. Hydrophobic molecules, often consist of a non-polar charge, and will often interact with non-polar solvents.  Hydrophobic molecules will often repel away from water, due to its non-polar charge, and thus unable to dissolve in the polar solvent, and form hydrogen bonds. There are numerous examples of hydrophobic molecules, including oils (like this virgin olive oil above), fats, alkaline, and so on. Ad one may conclude, hydrophobic molecules are intriguing objects that are able to aid in a modern society, such as cleaning up oil spills, by separating the oil from water with a hydrophobic substance.


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