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  1. #1 About Aspatame 
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    Hi all

    Does anyone know whether aspatame is acidic or basic since you can see there're two carboxyl groups and one amine group in its chemical formula which you can find on wikipedia.

    And can it react wiht ammonia easily?


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      I would expect a solution of aspartame in water to be very slighly acidic. It is also most stable at low pH.

      Yes, it reacts with ammonia (NH4OH) and it breaks down very quickly at pH 7 or above.

      So what are you trying to do?

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      Ok then , what's the product ?

      Is this called amomolysis?

      well, just a weird question comign up to my mind...
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      I do not know that the aspartame actually reacts with ammonia or the ammonium ion (NH4+). It simply decomposes in any alkali medium. Since an amine group (NH2) might not be added to any of the decomposition products, we cannot call this ammonolysis.
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      so do you have some suggestion of the products after the dissolution...
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