magic acid

magic acid

[′maj·ik ¦as·əd]
(inorganic chemistry)
A superacid consisting of equal molar quantities of fluorosulfonic acid (HSO3F) and antimony pentafluoride (SbF5).
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"There was no magic acid that was effective on all types of bacteria," Anderson says.
[7] The [HSO.sub.3.F] - [SbF.sub.5] superacid is widely known as magic acid. Olah recounts that this name originated when one of his coworkers put a small piece of a Christmas candle left over from a lab party into [HSO.sub.3.F] - [SbF.sub.5] and found that it disolved readily and, to everyone's amazement gave a sharp proton nmr spectrum of the t-butyl cation.