The Strongest Acids in the World

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  • Inside chemistry labs, chemists work with what they call superacids. No one’s found a specific use for such a fantastically strong acid yet, but chemists are actively looking for one.

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Comments: 1 305

  • EarthmeisterIndigo
    EarthmeisterIndigo 14 hours ago

    Goddammit, Fluorine

  • Rob Gravelle
    Rob Gravelle 16 hours ago

    I think that my stomach acid is the strongest of all. I don't care what he says.

  • MFizzle777
    MFizzle777 3 days ago

    These acids don't compare to my stomach acid when I'm hungry!

  • Anant K Mischra
    Anant K Mischra 14 days ago

    Here's an idea. These superacids can be used for terraforming other planets and moons.
    They could also be used to develop superweapons (probably already developed).
    Another idea I got from this video - Spacesuits could also be made by using Teflon.

  • Clarence Dietz
    Clarence Dietz 15 days ago

    fluorantimonic acid "Give you five bucks if you drink it"

  • jaša Ghost [Travian si1]

    Can u make video about japanese puffer fish 🐟?

  • Deweed
    Deweed 1 month ago

    An effective, ultra acidic, high pH level solvent vs the most strongest, resistant, potent metal known to man.

  • rylan buck
    rylan buck 1 month ago

    he low key cute. not just here to be a whore! my question is: i just did a little one page research paper on a acid known as carborane. know where than might fall on this whole scale thing?

  • Wahyu Nanda
    Wahyu Nanda 1 month ago

    so how is the pH of xenomorph blood acid ?

  • Gustav Derkits
    Gustav Derkits 1 month ago

    Fluoroantimonic acid was used to dissolve gold and when the weakest base -xenon gas- was bubbled through it, precipitated gold xenide antimony fluoride, a compound with a remarkable bond between a noble metal and an inert gas.

  • Gerren The Greatest
    Gerren The Greatest 1 month ago

    when you google acid all you see is LDS Shits

  • Yelena Antipova
    Yelena Antipova 1 month ago

    I just had to lie there for a couple of minutes and just admire science. My mind was blown.

  • Ryan Crist
    Ryan Crist 1 month ago

    This is the second time Scishow has talked about fluoroantimonic acid and they still get it wrong. It can be contained by more than just Teflon. A certain polymer can also contain it.

  • sky jack
    sky jack 1 month ago

    teflon is savage

  • I'm Blue
    I'm Blue 1 month ago

    teflon like the one people use to fry eggs?

  • p4ck3ts3nd3r
    p4ck3ts3nd3r 2 months ago

    DuPont leading the way!

  • Hayden Greiner
    Hayden Greiner 2 months ago

    3:12 Hydrogen flouride is NOT a strong acid though

  • Reinier van Ramshorst
    Reinier van Ramshorst 2 months ago

    still not as acidic as some passive aggressive snides I've heard

  • nathan alan
    nathan alan 2 months ago

    You forgot about Alien blood

  • Eddie Wlnlkerei
    Eddie Wlnlkerei 2 months ago

    That was I interesting, thanks.

  • Marvincent Acuña
    Marvincent Acuña 2 months ago

    What's with the "billion million?" It's just confusing me even more.

  • Thắng Lương Quang
    Thắng Lương Quang 2 months ago

    What about chlorosulfuric acid and perchloric acid ?

  • Ryan Paige
    Ryan Paige 2 months ago

    just stay away lol

  • OMG
    OMG 2 months ago

    What about Hydroxyl Acid

  • Alex .Temporio
    Alex .Temporio 2 months ago

    I'll just store it in my cooking pan

  • icwiz
    icwiz 2 months ago

    Million Billion Trillion... at this point you should be using exponents :P

  • Joseph Pradhana
    Joseph Pradhana 2 months ago

    LSD

  • Das Neko
    Das Neko 2 months ago

    Acids are bad.. but I rather have acids on me then bases.. those things are terrifying.

  • Arthur O'Brien
    Arthur O'Brien 2 months ago

    How about you use exponents and link a video for the 3 people watching that don't know what that is.

  • IsiahR
    IsiahR 2 months ago

    a drop of that would go allllll the way through your body and over 40 feet in the ground.

  • madscientistshusta
    madscientistshusta 2 months ago

    I always thought 4 windowpane acid was the strongest, some groovy stuff man!

  • Science 2020
    Science 2020 2 months ago

    The use for these acids? Why of course! Violent attacks on innocent civilians!




    JK. If you thought that I was serious then you might be a clinical psychopath and need serious help...

  • Science Smash
    Science Smash 2 months ago

    See, when all your friends died trying magic acid, it wasn't cause they ODed, they just took some superacid.

  • the hunter
    the hunter 2 months ago

    the moral of the story is don't touch that larry

  • Brandon Fisher
    Brandon Fisher 2 months ago

    Calling 1x10^27 a "million billion trillion" is like calling a million "a thousand thousand", a billion "a thousand thousand thousand", etc. it's just redundant and confusing to some people. You could've simply called that number "octillion" (short scale) or 10^27 lol

  • HollowSoulReaper
    HollowSoulReaper 2 months ago

    When they say combination, are they talking about a mixture or a chemical combination of the molecules?

  • Joseph Medina
    Joseph Medina 2 months ago

    Actually there is a stronger acid than hexafluoroantimonic acid. It's a boron cluster that has a Pka of roughly -30

  • Pickles
    Pickles 2 months ago

    I spilled high grade hydrochloric acid used to clean bricks on my hand. It didn't burn, it started itching pretty bad though.

  • Kyle Gruber
    Kyle Gruber 2 months ago

    Could we use that insane acid to dissolve our trash without it putting toxic chemicals into the atmosphere?

  • John Jackson
    John Jackson 2 months ago

    We do these experiment, so you don't have to.

  • Jake Finn
    Jake Finn 2 months ago

    you said hydrofluoric acid is a strong acid, but its actually one of the weakest acids out there because it doesn't dissociate with ease due to hydrogen bonding.

  • sean keenan
    sean keenan 2 months ago

    not the acid I was thinking of

  • Dysproh
    Dysproh 2 months ago

    Everyone knows that Si-F bonds are better than C-F bonds.

  • Dysproh
    Dysproh 2 months ago

    Is fluoroantimonic acid in this video?

  • neomcghee
    neomcghee 3 months ago

    its a good thing you modified your clsing statement cause i was about to get some teflon bottles on the dark web

  • That One Guy
    That One Guy 3 months ago

    best use for fluroantimonic acid is the removal of corpses, or hassle free murder

  • Mr. Mojo
    Mr. Mojo 3 months ago

    LSD anyone?

  • Niko
    Niko 3 months ago

    One million billion is one Quadrillion, A million billion trillion is one Octillion. Please stop saying a million billion...

  • Alexis G11
    Alexis G11 3 months ago

    can it be use to get rid of the landfills?

  • MegaMementoMori
    MegaMementoMori 3 months ago

    Wait, nobody has found a use for fluoroantimonic acid? And what about disposing of the bodies of the victims of your drug cartel? Just have a teflon coated bathtub filled with this beauty and you're covered if some asshole tries to steal your clients or manufacturers.

  • Big Smoke
    Big Smoke 3 months ago

    Can I get a like?

  • Kenneth Lewis
    Kenneth Lewis 3 months ago

    Why couldn't we spray some super acid on the radioactive material at Fukushima?

  • Lugubrious Mobster
    Lugubrious Mobster 3 months ago

    "No ones found a use for this fantastically strong acid"
    I have an idea.
    *Torture.*

  • Stephen Dahlem
    Stephen Dahlem 4 months ago

    Grignards also produce carbocations

  • Stephen Dahlem
    Stephen Dahlem 4 months ago

    higher proton exchange coefficient than HF

  • Vanessa Carbajal
    Vanessa Carbajal 4 months ago

    I love scishow

  • unknown one Cardantagonist

    Or you can say that superacids are things that can make you super high.

  • bianca balbo
    bianca balbo 4 months ago

    why strong bases and strong acids are corrosive?

  • Weabum
    Weabum 4 months ago

    Use it to recycle Syria.

  • Bronson Stephens
    Bronson Stephens 4 months ago

    Why Stay Away? That's Boring.

  • Ananda Bricker
    Ananda Bricker 4 months ago

    I'd love a video on how long these reactions (both acid/base) could potentially continue before rendering itself inert. Or if that even ever happens.

  • snakepitsam
    snakepitsam 4 months ago

    Fluoroantimonic acid = ALIEN!!! RIPLEY!!! ENGINEERS!!!!

  • Hufflepuff The Magic Dragon

    i think the xenomorph has a use for that last one

  • Silas Pillsbury
    Silas Pillsbury 4 months ago

    Actually, a lot of non-stick pans use Teflon. So if you ever run into some flouroantimonic acid, you know how to contain it.

  • Meischel 5
    Meischel 5 4 months ago

    I know what the most corrosive acid known to man is. You eat it and it dissolves your whole ego. Yea.. It's that corrosive.

  • Jonathan Medina
    Jonathan Medina 4 months ago

    How much is a million billion trillion?

  • 2000toinfinity
    2000toinfinity 5 months ago

    Anybody have a link to a demonstration of Fluroantimonic Acid dissolving something?

  • Filippo Lipparini
    Filippo Lipparini 5 months ago

    I'm a chemist, and my ears are bleeding after hearing this.

  • Fluoroantimonic Acid
    Fluoroantimonic Acid 5 months ago

    Heywhatsupiminthevideokthxbai.

  • Hydrogen Cyanide
    Hydrogen Cyanide 5 months ago

    so an acid gun is still a possibility.

  • Vortex Gaming
    Vortex Gaming 5 months ago

    How tf did I get here, interesting but how did I get here I was watching a gameplay😭

  • ssuo ben
    ssuo ben 5 months ago

    well when in doubt use it as a weapon !

  • Guirro Hazard
    Guirro Hazard 5 months ago

    You're just making up number now.

  • Chuck Fina
    Chuck Fina 5 months ago

    Youtube comments are way more acidic.

  • TheRilluma
    TheRilluma 5 months ago

    lets put that melt anything magic acid to trash canisters and we no need junk-yards no more

  • Ethan L.
    Ethan L. 5 months ago

    Lesson of the video: Why drink bleach when there's so many other options?

  • Michael Camerson
    Michael Camerson 5 months ago

    Wrong host. Good try, but a miss.

  • Jonas Strzyz
    Jonas Strzyz 5 months ago

    Here are some tips. Use Piranha solution to get rid of bodies, cheaper and easier to come by than antimonic superacid.
    If you do not have teflon coat a steel container with the acid so it forms a protective layer of salt.

  • Chris Read
    Chris Read 5 months ago

    Where does one get super acids from?

  • Symone 64
    Symone 64 5 months ago

    I heard that thelegend27 can drink a gallon of pure Fluoroantimonic acid without any bad effects...

  • davi santos
    davi santos 5 months ago

    Magic acid.....huh

  • David Cassens
    David Cassens 5 months ago

    What about bases 😭 base lives matters

  • Joey Johnson
    Joey Johnson 5 months ago

    who the frig is this guy wheres hank WHAT IS HAPPENING

  • Mike Dod
    Mike Dod 5 months ago

    is it the same acid aliens have for blood

  • andyt1313
    andyt1313 5 months ago

    Stupid space marines. All they needed to do was add teflon to their suits to fight the xenomorph aliens.

  • Angry Old Black Man
    Angry Old Black Man 5 months ago

    magic acid when you mix the dang shrooms and the dang acid together

  • ace ofspades2707
    ace ofspades2707 5 months ago

    why don't you say ten quadrillion times stronger than H2SO4 and one octillion times stronger than HCl?

  • beinganangeltreon
    beinganangeltreon 5 months ago

    these might have application to battery chemistry

  • Karim Swift
    Karim Swift 5 months ago

    pH is a really poopoo way to measure acid strength by the way

  • Imixalgen Gaming Vlogs & More

    ahh this is school all over again!

  • HeroesOfShadow
    HeroesOfShadow 5 months ago

    Anyone else daydreaming about the acid from the creatures in the movie "Alien"? Couldn't help but wonder if teflon was the answer. :-P

  • Gavlick Apthesycerski
    Gavlick Apthesycerski 5 months ago

    "You'll never find anything as powerful as sulfuric acid in nature" lol yeah.... you do.....

  • Samantha Vidas
    Samantha Vidas 5 months ago

    Why do hands get stiff in the cold (or if they're selling girl scout cookies for hours on end)?

  • peatear42
    peatear42 5 months ago

    I thought I was going to see actual stuff being dissolved... :'(

  • Shady Sun
    Shady Sun 5 months ago

    Well now I know how to deal with this body I have in my closet.

  • Lucas Laboucan
    Lucas Laboucan 5 months ago

    I like this dude
    he is always really " :3"

  • Yevrah Hipstar
    Yevrah Hipstar 5 months ago

    How do they stick teflon to a pan if nothing sticks to teflon?

  • Justin Campbell
    Justin Campbell 5 months ago

    just... stay away

  • EpicGracification
    EpicGracification 5 months ago

    What would happen if we dumped radioactive waste into fluoroantimonic acid? Would it break the molecules down enough to produce. On radioactive material?

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