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Why do you say inorganic bases are "not really" superbases? They can actually be stronger Bronsted-Lowry bases than the organics. Lithium nitride, for example, appears to be stronger than many organolithiums, having a (singly protonated) pKa of around 100!
- Its an issue of terminology. Superbase needs to mean something other than just 'strong base,' because we have a term for that. As a synthetic chemist, I would consider a superbase to involve mild conditions, ease of use and low nucleophilicity. Inorganic bases do not come to mind when I think of these mixtures of qualities. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Regniweol (talk • contribs) 21:00, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
Superbase was also name of an early Windows database product
Superbase was the name of the first Windows based database software that appeared in 1989 from a small U.K. company Precision Software, and was later sold to Software Publishing Corporation (SPC) in 1991. In 1996 another group of investors bought the rights to Superbase from SPC. The product was similar in use to the dBASE-like products that were popular at the time, but Superbase was based on a variant of the BASIC programming language. I submitted a short writeup on Superbase to be added to Wikipedia on Sept 26, 2006 and am hoping they eventually add an entry for it. TWR (once of Ashton-Tate and an early Superbase user.) (preceeding comment by user 126.96.36.199)
- This is wiki, there is no "they" there's only "us", if you register for an account you'll be able to create the article yourself Astaroth5 07:36, 28 September 2006 (UTC)
The Phrasing of the Introduction is Somewhat Confusing
In the introductory paragraph, it reads "The hydroxide ion is the strongest base possible in aqueous solutions, but bases exist with much greater strengths than can exist in water."
While this is grammatically correct, the phrasing is confusing. I think it might be clearer if it read "... in aqueous solution, however there are bases of greater strength which cannot be used under aqueous conditions as they would deprotonate water irreversibly and inactivate themselves. These superbases are used under anhydrous conditions, often in ether solvents."
If someone agrees with this, please feel free to accept this edit.