Iodine pentafluoride is a hexa-atomic interhalogen.
Layman's explanation:Iodine pentafluoride was discovered in 1871 by G. Gore. Iodine pentafluoride has square pyrimidal trigonal geometry and is either a colorless gas or liquid at room temperature. The molecule is volatile yet is considered a mild fluorinating agent in comparison with the other halogen fluorides. Since it can be handled in a glass container, it is used in organic chemistry as an agent in the production of alkyl iodides, which in turn are used to synthesize other alkylated organic compounds.
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