Synthesis of the Phenoxonium Cation of an α-Tocopherol Model Compound Crystallized with Non-Nucleophilic [B(C6F5)4]- and (CB11H6Br6)- Anions

The phenoxonium cation of a vitamin E model compound has been crystallized using the non-nucleophilic carborane and tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate counteranions. The crystal structures confirm the assignment of the unusually stable phenoxonium cation and indicate that there is a substantial shortening of the carbon−oxygen bond lengths of the para-carbon atoms in the phenolic ring and a substantial increase of the carbon−oxygen bond length at the quaternary carbon. The crystallographic data are in excellent agreement with structural predictions from molecular orbital calculations.