Surprising acidity of hydrated lithium cations in organic solvents

Haiqiang Deng, Pekka Peljo, T. Jane Stockmann, Liang Qiao, Tuomas Vainikka, Kyösti Kontturi, Marcin Opallo, Hubert H. Girault*

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    Abstract

    Lithium cations are shown to have a significant role in catalyzing oxygen and proton reduction along with SN1 reactions in biphasic systems. We propose that this catalytic effect is due to the surprising acidity of the hydrated cations; interactions between the cation and its surrounding solvation shell will make the constituent water molecules more acidic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5554-5557
    Number of pages4
    JournalChemical Communications
    Volume50
    Issue number42
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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