Asked by  | 15th Apr, 2008, 02:51: PM

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Riverside have discovered the world’s strongest acid. Remarkably it is also the gentlest acid. This non-toxic and non-corrosive acid may have a role in processes such as improving the quality of gasoline, developing polymers and synthesizing pharmaceuticals.

The most important characteristic of these carborane acids is that they have an extraordinary chemical stability.

They have an icosahedral arrangement of eleven boron atoms plus one carbon atom, which is probably the most chemically stable cluster of atoms in all of chemistry,This means that the carborane part of the acid cannot participate in the chemistry of corrosion that fluoride and nitrate show in hydrofluoric acid and nitric acid.

This is CHB11R5X6 carborane

Answered by  | 28th May, 2008, 10:29: AM

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