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Superelectrophilic Behavior of an Anion Demonstrated by the Spontaneous Binding of Noble Gases to [B12Cl11]−

Superelectrophilic Behavior of an Anion Demonstrated by the Spontaneous Binding of Noble Gases to [B12Cl11]−
Carsten Jenne, Simon Grabowsky, Tobias Borrmann, Max Grellmann, Jonas Warneke, Knut R. Asmis, Vladimir A. Azov, Florian Kleemiss, Martin Mayer, Markus Rohdenburg
The molecular ion [B12Cl11]− displays two seemingly incompatible sides, a negative and a positive one, just like the goddess Helja in Norse mythology. Physically, [B12Cl11]− is an anion but it shows chemical reactivity known for highly electrophilic cations. In their Communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201702237), S. Grabowsky, J. Warneke et al. report that the electrophilicity of [B12Cl11]− is so high that the noble gases Kr and Xe are bonded spontaneously at room temperature in a reaction that is typical of superelectrophiles.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201703996

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