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The Nature of the Hydrated Proton H(aq)+ in Organic Solvents

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posted on 10.09.2008, 00:00 by Evgenii S. Stoyanov, Irina V. Stoyanova, Fook S. Tham, Christopher A. Reed
The nature of H(H2O)n+ cations for n = 3−8 with weakly basic carborane counterions has been studied by IR spectroscopy in benzene and dichloroethane solution. Contrary to general expectation, neither Eigen-type H3O·3H2O+ nor Zundel-type H5O2+·4H2O ions are present. Rather, the core species is the H7O3+ ion.