, sometimes called Swart's reagent
is a fluoride
. It appears as a light grey
crystalline material often used in dyeing and pottery.
can be prepared by reacting antimony trioxide
, with HF
or by direct reaction of the elements. In the solid state molecules of SbF3
are linked by fluorine bridges so that each Sb atom has a coordination number of 6.
The substance is highly corrosive and can burn skin and cause eye damage. It can also damage other organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys and cause ulcers.
It is used as a fluorination reagent in organic chemistry .
It was first used as a fluorination reagent by the belgium chemist Frédéric Jean Edmond Swarts in 1892.