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Preparation of an ion with the highest calculated proton affinity: ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion

Poad, Berwyck L.J.; Reed, Nicholas D.; Hansen, Christopher S.; Trevitt, Adam J.; Blanksby, Stephen James; Mackay, Emily; Sherburn, Michael; Chan, Bun; Radom, Leo


Owing to the increased proton affinity that results from additional negative charges, multiply-charged anions have been proposed as one route to prepare and access a range of new and powerful "superbases". Paradoxically, while the additional electrons in polyanions increase basicity they serve to diminish the electron binding energy and thus, it had been thought, hinder experimental synthesis. We report the synthesis and isolation of the ortho-diethynylbenzene dianion (ortho-DEB2-) and present...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Chemical Science
DOI: 10.1039/c6sc01726f
Access Rights: Open Access


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