New Strategies towards Bulky Bis(alkyl)- and Bis(silyl)- Substituted Polysilanes as Precursor Molecules for Desilylation and Dechlorination Experiments

Thomas Lainer, Michael Pillinger, Roland C. Fischer, Cameron Jones, Michael Haas

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Herein we report on a series of bulky bis(alkyl)- and bis(silyl)- substituted polysilanes. Moreover, we performed desilylation and dechlorination experiments with them. These compounds were characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography. It was found that the selective formation of silyl mono- and di-anions is crucial for the successful isolation of these polysilanes. Moreover, we utilized a multiple silyl abstraction methodology to obtain the spiro-compounds 6 and 8. The latter was tested as a precursor molecule for the synthesis of bis(silyl)silylenes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1828-1835
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2021


  • Cyclosilanes
  • Polysilanes
  • Silicon
  • Silyl anions
  • Structure elucidation

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