Volume 95 Issue 2 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 9, 2017

Tetratriflylpropene: A new organic superacid is in town

Chemists design a strong allylic C–H acid for Brønsted and Lewis acid catalysis
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Organic SCENE
Keywords: reagents, triflate, triflic acid, superacid, Lewis acid, Brønsted acid

When chemists need a superstrong acid, they often reach for triflic acid, CF3SO3H; triflimide, (CF3SO2)2NH; or perhaps tris(triflyl)methane, (CF3SO2)3CH. These acids and the salts made from them are sought after as electrolytes in fuel cells, stabilizers of reactive species, and as catalysts. In seeking to diversify the strong organic acid family, researchers led by Denis Höfler and Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung have designed a new C–H . . .

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