Electron in a Cube: Synthesis and Characterization of Perfluorocubane as an Electron Acceptor
Midori Akiyama reports on the synthesis and characterization of perfluorocubane.
The beautiful, highly symmetric structures of polyhedral molecules have long fascinated scientists. In a study recently published, the group of Professor Midori Akiyama from The University of Tokyo (Japan) has succeeded for the first time in synthesizing a polyhedral molecule with all carbons fluorinated. Professor Akiyama explained that the “introduction of fluorine – one of the most peculiar and distinctive elements – into a molecule dramatically changes the properties of the compound itself. On the other hand, perfluorinated polyhedral molecules had been expected to capture an electron inside, which was proven in this study by exploiting some of the unique features of fluorine atoms.”