Complexes formed by interaction of E(C6F5)3 (E = B, Al, Ga, In) with excess of acetonitrile (AN) were structurally characterized. Quantum chemical computations indicate that for Al(C6F5)3 and In(C6F5)3 the formation of a complex of 1:2 composition is more advantageous than for B(C6F5)3 and Ga(C6F5)3, in line with experimental observations. Formation of the solvate [Al(C6F5)3·2AN]·AN is in agreement with predicted thermodynamic instability of [Al(C6F5)3·3AN]. Tensimetry study of B(C6F5)3·CH3CN reveals its stability in the solid state up to 197 °C. With the temperature increase, the complex undergoes irreversible thermal decomposition with pentafluorobenzene formation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalZeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Apr 2020

Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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