Complete Deconstruction of SF6 by an Aluminium(I) Compound

28 May 2021, Version 1
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The room-temperature activation of SF6, a potent greenhouse gas, is reported using a monovalent aluminium(I) reagent to form well-defined aluminium(III) fluoride and aluminium(III) sulfide products. New reactions have been developed to utilise the aluminium(III) fluoride and aluminium(III) sulfide as a nucleophilic source of F and S2– for a range of electrophiles. The overall reaction sequence results in the net transfer of fluorine or sulfur atoms from an environmentally detrimental gas to useful organic products.


sulfur hexafluoride
defluorination reaction

Supplementary materials

DJS ESI SF6 27thMay


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