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Alastair J. Durie, Prof. Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Dr. Tomas Lebl and Prof. David O'Hagan The Synthesis of η-1,2,3,4,5,6-Hexafluorocyclohexane (Benzene Hexafluoride) from Benzene Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 11 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201205577

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Six of the best: Benzene had been used by Faraday and Mitscherlich in their respective synthesis of hexachloro- and hexabromocyclohexane in the early 19th century. Also starting from benzene, η-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexafluorocyclohexane (benzene hexafluoride; see X-ray structure of a dimer) was now synthesized in five steps.

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