amphiprotic solvent

am·phi·pro·tic sol·'vent

a solvent capable of acting as an acid or a base; for example, H2O.
See also: solvolysis.
See: solvolysis.
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2]O is amphiprotic solvent, where autoprotolysis is observable.
The generation of the net charge of the capillary wall is different in amphiprotic solvents, which have the ability to both accept and donate a proton, and dipolar-aprotic solvents, which can accept a proton, but cannot donate one.
In amphiprotic solvents, such as water, the surface charge is counterbalanced by both cations and anions, the ionic strength is greater, and the double layer is more compact, which results in a slower EOF.