Xenon Oxyfluoride

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  24 May 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3569, pp. 899-900
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3569.899


The incomplete hydrolysis of XeF6 has been used to prepare a xenon oxyfluoride, XeOF4. The latter is a clear, colorless liquid, freezing at -41°C. The infrared and Raman spectra show that the XeOF4 molecule has a fourfold symmetry axis. The large Xe—O stretching force constant indicates the Xe—O bond has appreciable double bond character.