anonymous
  • anonymous
AlF3 is almost insoluble in anhydrous HF but dissolves if KF is present.passage of BF3 through the resulting solution causes AlF3 to precipitate... can anyone explain the idea behind this?
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abb0t
  • abb0t
AlF3 doesn't dissolve in HF because of the fluorine. It's doesn't allow for coordination due to the hydrogen. However, it will dissolve in KF. If you look at the chemical reaction, it's able to form a salt! \[3 KF + AlF_3 -> 3 KF.AlF_3\] However, when BF3 is added \[3 KF.AlF_3 + 3 BF_3 -> AlF_3(s) + 3 KBF_4 \]
anonymous
  • anonymous
can u pls explain ur first 2 statements.... i want a detailed answer...
abb0t
  • abb0t
H-F is a pretty strong bond compared to K-F.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
yeah right! thankx
abb0t
  • abb0t
Not much I can use to describe this w/o going outside the scope of general chemistry.
anonymous
  • anonymous
ya pretty difficult...
abb0t
  • abb0t
The best explanation is with a chemical reaction. In an inorganic chemistry course, the explanation I gave would be detailed enough. To be more specific, it's b/c the product formed with BF3 is more complex. able to decompose AlF3

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