Fluoride Anion Complexation by a Triptycene‐Based Distiborane: Taking Advantage of a Weak but Observable C−H⋅⋅⋅F Interaction Academic Article uri icon


  • Fluoride anion complexation impacts a number of areas ranging from sensing to nucleophilic fluorination chemistry. Described here is a new bidentate Lewis acid consisting of two stiborane units connected by a 1,8-triptycenediyl backbone. This neutral derivative captures fluoride with an unprecedented affinity for a neutral, water-compatible Lewis acid. Structural, spectroscopic and computational studies demonstrate that fluoride anion binding is assisted by the formation of a C-H⋅⋅⋅F hydrogen bond which involves a methine group of the 1,8-triptycenediyl backbone.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, C., & Gabbaï, F. P.

citation count

  • 41

publication date

  • February 2017