The oxidation power of the cyanocarbon TCNQ (tetracyano-quinodimethane) can be significantly increased to approximately E = +0.9 V vs. Cp2Fe by coordination of up to four equivalents of the strong fluorinated Lewis acid B(C6F5)3. Thianthrene and tris(4-bromophenyl)amine were oxidized to the corresponding radical cations. Dianionic [TCNQ∙4 B(C6F5)3]2ꟷ was formed upon reduction with two equivalents of ferrocene or decamethylcobaltocene.
Increasing the oxidation power of TCNQ by coordination of the fluorinated Lewis acid B(C6F5)3
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