Synlett 2011(20): 3055-3056  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1290085
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Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide

Victor L. Rendina*
Eugene F. Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College, 2609 Beacon St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA
e-Mail: victor.rendina@bc.edu;
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Publication History

Publication Date:
28 November 2011 (online)

Introduction

Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (1), or triflimide, is a commercially available Brønsted acid that has been applied to a broad range of organic transformations. [¹] In addition to being an exceptionally potent Brønsted acid, the corresponding conjugate base is more commonly employed as a weakly coordinating counterion with a variety of metal and organic catalyst systems. [²] Experimental evidence indicates that triflimide is a weaker Brønsted acid in solution than the closely related triflic acid, [³] however, the lower charge density and greater steric encumbrance ­results in a less coordinating anion. Consequently, tri­flimide-based Lewis acids generally show higher activity than their corresponding triflate counterparts. [4]

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