ClF3 Lewis acid/ base?

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ClF3 Lewis acid/ base?

Postby AtreyiMitra2L » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:02 pm

Is ClF3 a lewis acid or base and why?

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Re: ClF3 Lewis acid/ base?

Postby Joshua Xian 1D » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:32 pm

ClF3 could act as a Lewis base because it has lone electron pairs that can be donated (definition of a Lewis base).

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Re: ClF3 Lewis acid/ base?

Postby Cyianna 2F » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:35 pm

This is correct. Having three Flourine surrounding one Chlorine leaves two electron pairs that's available to be donated. This is because chlorine has a total of 7 valence electrons. So with the three bonding Flourine giving three valence electrons, there has to be 2 more lone pairs in order to give Chlorine 7 valence electrons total. Since there's two lone pairs ready to be donated, this makes Chlorine as a Lewis Base.

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