I've been culling items from our organic stockroom. This task has been long overdue. I have bottles of things that were filled before the EPA and OSHA even existed. They were filled before benzene started causing cancer.
I found a 1 pound bottle of fluorene. Fluorene puts the F in FMOC and the F in a lot of other things.
My question is, does anybody know what uses plain, old, ordinary 9H-fluorene has?
I know the proton can be removed relatively easily and then it probably acts as a nucleophile.
It can also be oxidized to fluorenone using a phase transfer catalyst.
What else can I do with my newly discovered stash of fluorene?