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Similar to all coordination complexes of boron trifluoride with organic and inorganic species (like alcohols, ethers, amines, sulfuric acid, sulfuric dioxide, etc) the complex of boron trifluoride and phosphoric acid is extremely water sensitive and reacts even with moist air. In the instantaneous reaction with water as a first step phosphoric acid and boron trifluoride dihydrates are formed. The latter undergoes further rapid hydrolysis to boric acid, fluoboric acid and tetrafluoroborate. That is the reason why the assessment of environmental fate and pathways is based on the properties of the breakdown products.

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