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Web of Science Highly Cited Paper: Review Angew. Chemie - Taming the Cationic Beast

As of September/October 2018, this highly cited paper received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of the academic field of Chemistry based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year.


Taming the Cationic Beast: Novel Developments in the Synthesis and Application of Weakly Coordinating Anions

Dr. Ian M. Riddlestone, Dr. Anne Kraft, Dr. Julia Schaefer,  Prof. Dr. Ingo Krossing

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 13982


This Review gives a comprehensive overview of the most topical weakly coordinating anions (WCAs) and contains information on WCA design, stability, and applications. As an update to the 2004 review, developments in common classes of WCA are included. Methods for the incorporation of WCAs into a given system are discussed and advice given on how to best choose a method for the introduction of a particular WCA. A series of starting materials for a large number of WCA precursors and references are tabulated as a useful resource when looking for procedures to prepare WCAs. Furthermore, a collection of scales that allow the performance of a WCA, or its underlying Lewis acid, to be judged is collated with some advice on how to use them. The examples chosen to illustrate WCA developments are taken from a broad selection of topics where WCAs play a role. In addition a section focusing on transition metal and catalysis applications as well as supporting electrolytes is also included.


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