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Comment on “Synthesis, Characterization, and Structures of a Persistent Aniline Radical Cation”: A New Interpretation Is Necessary

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  • Dr. Hans-Gert Korth

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstrasse 5, 45117 Essen (Germany)
    • Institut für Organische Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstrasse 5, 45117 Essen (Germany)

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  • Helpful discussions with Prof. Georg Jansen, Institut für Theoretische Chemie, and Dr. Christoph Wölper, Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, are gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

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Further scrutiny for the aniline radical cation: The author of this Correspondence claims that the original spectrometric data for 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylaniline (TBA) reported in 2012 do not correspond to a stoichiometrically pure TBA.+SbF6 salt, the quantum-chemical data do not support the reported structural data, and the interpretation of the apparent temperature-dependent structural changes in the solid state is open to interpretations other than the Jahn–Teller effect.

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