LITHIUM MONOXIDE ANION MOST BASIC

RESEARCHERS have discovered the world’s strongest base: the gas-phase lithium monoxide anion, LiO

STEVE RITTER

2010

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  • RESEARCHERS have discovered the world’s strongest base: the gas-phase lithium monoxide anion, LiO
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  • CH 4 can give up a hydrogen ion to form CH 3, which until now had the highest measured affinity of any compound to regain a lost hydrogen ion, making it the strongest base
  • Kass of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Bun Chan and Leo Radom of the University of Sydney, in Australia; and coworkers considered that in order to decrease the acidity of a compound below that of CH 4 , and thereby

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