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The nature of the hydrated proton H(aq)+ in organic solvents.

  • Author(s): Stoyanov, Evgenii S
  • Stoyanova, Irina V
  • Tham, Fook S
  • Reed, Christopher A
  • et al.

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The nature of H(H2O)n(+) cations for n = 3-8 with weakly basic carborane counterions has been studied by IR spectroscopy in benzene and dichloroethane solution. Contrary to general expectation, neither Eigen-type H3O x 3 H2O(+) nor Zundel-type H5O2(+) x 4 H2O ions are present. Rather, the core species is the H7O3(+) ion.

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