Reduction of Carbon Oxides by an Acyclic Silylene: Reductive Coupling of CO

Andrey V. Protchenko, Petra Vasko, Dinh Cao Huan Do, Jamie Hicks, M. Ángeles Fuentes, Cameron Jones, Simon Aldridge

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Reactions of a boryl-substituted acyclic silylene with carbon dioxide and monoxide are reported. The former proceeds through oxygen atom abstraction, generating CO (with rearrangement of the putative silanone product through silyl-group transfer). The latter is characterized by reductive coupling of CO to give an ethynediolate fragment, which undergoes formal insertion into the Si−B bond. The net conversion of carbon dioxide with two equivalents of silylene offers a route for the three-electron reduction of CO 2 to [C2O2] 2−.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1808-1812
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2019


  • boryl groups
  • carbon monoxide
  • reduction
  • silicon
  • silylene

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