Base-coordinated silylenes are often used as electron-donating ligands for metal complexes and low-coordinate species of main group elements. However, the synthesis routes to base-coordinated silylenes remain limited. Herein, we report a rapid and mild reaction providing NHC-coordinated bis(trimethylsilyl)silylene 2, which includes the coordination of 1,3,4,5-tetramethylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMe4) to (Me3Si)3SiX (1, X= Cl, Br, and I) and the subsequent elimination of the corresponding Me3SiX assisted by another IMe4 molecule. Silylene 2 undergoes not only the coordination to BPh3 and the addition reactions with 2,3-dimethylbutadiene and Me3SiI but also an unprecedented substitution reaction with (Me3Si)3SiI affording (Me3Si)3Si-substituted IMe4-coordinated silylene 6.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry