From: rparson@spotNO.SPAMColorado.edu (Robert Parson)
Subject: Re: [Q] What is the strongest acid?
Date: 14 May 1999 20:02:27 GMT
In article <373972E2.B693D523@worldnet.att.net>,
Eric Lucas <email@example.com> wrote:
>Superdave the Wonderchemist wrote:
>> Just take element number 112 and strip 112 electrons off it, then you'd
>> have the strongest Lewis acid...
>Just take element 113... Oh, never mind.
Actually the real fun should begin somewhere around atomic number 137.
That's where Quantum Electrodynamic effects (spontaneous production
of electon-positron pairs and suchlike) should start to appear. (The
smallness parameter for QED is the fine-structure constant, \alpha
~1/137, so multiplying by a nuclear charge of 137 brings these up to
order 1.) A species that can pull an electron out of the _vacuum_
has gotta count as one hell of a Lewis acid!