Synlett 2005(9): 1486-1487  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-868486
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Antimony Pentachloride

Paulo M. C. Glória*
Secção de Química Orgânica Aplicada, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Quinta da Torre, 2829 - Monte de Caparica, Portugal
e-Mail: paulogloria@oninet.pt;
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Publication Date:
25 April 2005 (online)

Introduction

Inorganic compounds are well-known in organic synthesis due to their many applications. One of these compounds is antimony pentachloride (SbCl5), which has a trigonal bipyramidal configuration in the gaseous state. [1] Examination of the Raman spectra [2] [3] points to retention of the trigonal bipyramidal configuration in both the liquid and the solid state. This reagent has several applications and can be used as a Lewis acid, as a chlorination agent for olefins and aromatic compounds, and as a Diels-Alder catalyst.

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