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To oxidate HF to F2 with chemicals only

  1. Jun 23, 2017 #1
    Is it possible to oxidate HF to F2 putting HF in contact with oxidizing compounds only, that is, without using electrolytic cells or, however, electric energy in general?
    Thank you.
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  3. Jun 23, 2017 #2


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    Karl Christe famously did this in 1986:


    His synthesis involves abstraction of two F- anions from MnF62- using two equivalents of the "fluorophile" SbF5. The stroke of genius here is that Christe recognized that MnF4 is thermodynamically unstable and decomposes into the stable MnF3 and F2 gas.
  4. Jun 24, 2017 #3
    Which is the exact reaction involving the oxidation of HF?

  5. Jun 24, 2017 #4
    Reactions 3,4 and 5 from the article
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    Note: in multi step processes sometimes its is impossible to pinpoint the moment when "something" happens, even when it is obvious from the overall reaction this "something" is what is done during the process.
  7. Jun 25, 2017 #6
    Unfortunately I haven't access to that document. Would you please write them here?

  8. Jun 25, 2017 #7


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    You should at least see the first ppage of this article which contains all the formulas.
  9. Jun 26, 2017 #8
    Yes, I can see it now, with the PC. With the smartphone I can't, don't know why.

  10. Jun 26, 2017 #9
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