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Bartlett's discovery of noble gas fluorides, a milestone in chemical history

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Abstract

In 1962, Neil Bartlett published a terse note in Proc. Chem. Soc. eradicating the long held dogma that noble gases are inert and cannot form stable compounds. This historical discovery has revolutionized our views on chemistry and has given rise to thousands of papers on noble gas chemistry. The fact that his proposed reaction product “Xe+[PtF6]” has eluded experimental detection for more than half a century and actually was a mixture of XeF+ and Xe2F3+ salts does not diminish the enormous impact of his discovery. A plausible explanation for the failures to observe “Xe+[PtF6]” experimentally is presented.

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The article was received on 22 Feb 2013, accepted on 25 Mar 2013, published on 04 Apr 2013 and first published online on 04 Apr 2013


Article type: Viewpoint
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC41387J
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 4588-4590
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    Bartlett's discovery of noble gas fluorides, a milestone in chemical history

    K. O. Christe, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 4588
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC41387J

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