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Potassium tetraphenylborate is the salt with the formula KB(C6H5)4). It is a colourless salt that is a rare example of a water-insoluble salt of potassium.
The salt has a low solubility in water of only 1.8×10−4 g/L. It is, however, soluble in organic solvents. The insolubility of this compound has been used to determine the concentration of potassium ions by precipitation and gravimetric analysis:
- K+ + NaB(Ph)4 → KB(Ph)4 + Na+
- Engelbrecht, R. M.; McCoy, F. A. (1956). "Determination of Potassium by Tetraphenylborate Method". Anal. Chem. 28 (11): 1772. doi:10.1021/ac60119a040.
- Ulrich Behrens, Frank Hoffmann, and Falk Olbrich "Solid-State Structures of Base-Free Lithium and Sodium Tetraphenylborates at Room and Low Temperature: Comparison with the Higher Homologues MB(C6H5)4 (M = K, Rb, Cs)" Organometallics 2012, volume 31, p. 905−913. doi:10.1021/om200943n
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