• Question: Is there an acid that can burn through anything?

    Asked by Sammy to Huma, Jack, Lucy, Miranda, Peter on 18 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Peter Boorman

      Peter Boorman answered on 18 Nov 2016:

      Hi Sammy,

      I’m not 100% sure if there’s an acid that can burn through ‘anything’, but there are some very reactive acids out there. Even our own stomach acid is very reactive, and could even destroy metal if it came into contact with it!


    • Photo: Miranda Bane

      Miranda Bane answered on 18 Nov 2016:

      The strongest acid in the world is fluoroantimonic acid (HSbF6). I can disolve straight through glass, rock and all organic compounds (things like our skin and bone). The only thing it doesn’t dissolve is some plastic so it can be stored in plastic bottles.