A digermyne with a Ge-Ge single bond that activates dihydrogen in the solid state

Jiaye Li, Christian Schenk, Catharina Goedecke, Gernot Frenking, Cameron Jones

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The reduction of the bulky amido-germanium-(II) chloride complex, LGeCl (L = N(SiMe(3))(Ar*); Ar* = C(6)H(2)Me C(H)Ph(2) (2)-4,2,6), with the magnesium(I) dimer, [ ((Mes)Nacnac)Mg (2)] ((Mes)Nacnac = [(MesNCMe)(2)CH](-); Mes = mesityl), afforded LGeGeL, which represents the first example of a digermyne with a Ge-Ge single bond. Computational studies of the compound have highlighted significant electronic differences between it and multiply bonded digermynes. LGeGeL was shown to cleanly activate H(2) in solution or the solid state, at temperatures as low as 10 degrees C, to give the mixed valence compound, LGeGe(H)(2)L.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18622 - 18625
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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