A neutral, monomeric germanium(I) radical

William Woodul, Emma Carter, Robert Muller, Anne Richards, Andreas Stasch, Martin Kaupp, Damien Murphy, Matthias Driess, Cameron Jones

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Stoichiometric reduction of the bulky beta-diketiminato germanium(II) chloride complex [((But)Nacnac)-GeCl] ((But)Nacnac = [ N(Dip)C(Bu(t)) (2)CH](-), Dip = C(6)H(3)Pr(2)(i)-2,6) with either sodium naphthalenide or the magnesium(I) dimer [ ((Mes)Nacnac)Mg (2)] ((Mes)Nacnac = [(MesNCMe)(2)CH](-), Mes = mesityl) afforded the radical complex [((But)Nacnac)Ge](.) in moderate yields. X-ray crystallographic, EPR/ENDOR spectroscopic, computational, and reactivity studies revealed this to be the first authenticated monomeric, neutral germanium(I) radical.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10074 - 10077
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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