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Abstract Volume 20 (2015) pp 260-264

The Reactivity of Fluorine

Roland K. Pomeroy*

Department of Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6, Canada,
Received June 15, 2015. Accepted August 5, 2015.

Published: 25 September 2015

Abstract. Simple molecular orbital theory is combined with Fukui’s frontier orbital concept to provide insights into the reactivity of fluorine (F2). Arguments are presented to show that the extreme reactivity of F2 is best attributed to the occupancy of high energy p* molecular orbitals that weaken the FF bond (ground-state destabilization) and provide a low activation energy to reaction of F2 with elements and small molecules (transition-state stabilization).

Key Words: In the Classroom; inorganic chemistry

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