Isolation and X-ray Structures of Labile Benzoic- and Acetic-Acidium Carbocations
American Chemical Society
The Journal of Organic Chemistry
New carbocationic salts (via O-protonation of substituted benzoic acids) are prepared for the first time by controlled hydration of the corresponding benzoylium salts and isolated in pure crystalline form. Precise X-ray structural analyses reveal the rather unexpected (electronic) structure of the carboxylic-acidium functionality.