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What is the basic function of Fluoroantimonic Acid? It is the strongest superacid, but what purpose does an acid of this strength serve?

One of the most common uses of superacids is to provide an environment that creates and maintains organic cations, that is, carbon-based molecules with positive electric charges, for long periods of time. This is useful because organic cations are intermediate molecules in a number of useful chemical reactions, such as the formation of plastics, the creation of high-octane gasoline from crude oil, and the creation of crude oil from oil shale. When cations can be maintained in a superacid, they can be studied in detail so that we can understand and optimize the reactions involving them.

Richard Barrans

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