Sequential insertion of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide into a sulfide-bridged Pd-Ge bond followed by reductive elimination to form a [1,3,2] oxathiagermolan-4-one

Zuzanna T. Cygan, Jeff W. Kampf, Mark M. Banaszak Holl

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


The reaction of (Et 3P) 2Pd(μ-S)Ge[N(SiMe 3) 2] 2 (2) with paraformaldehyde under photolytic conditions results in the insertion of formaldehyde into the Pd-Ge bond, with bond cleavage, to give (Et 3P) 2Pd(μ-S) (μCH 2O)Ge[N(SiMe 3) 2] 2 (3). Subsequent addition of CO to 3 results in migratory insertion into the Pd-C bond, followed by rapid reductive elimination to regenerate the Pd 0 metal center and give a unique five-membered organic heterocycle, Ge[N(SiMe 3) 2] 2-SC(O)CH 2O (6). The X-ray crystal structure of the dppe (dppe = bis(diphenylphosphino)-ethane) derivative of 3, (dppe)Pd(μ-S)(μCH 2O)Ge[N(SiMe 3) 2] 2 (4), is reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2370-2375
Number of pages6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2004
Externally publishedYes

Cite this