Although isolable silicon analogs of acetylene have been extensively studied, the silicon analogs of vinylidene, which is a short-lived isomer of acetylene, remain scarce. Herein, we report isolable NHC-coordinated dialkyldisilavinylidene 1 synthesized by the reduction of a tetrabromodisilane featuring a bulky alkyl protecting group. 1 was fully characterized by a combination of multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, high-resolution mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The UV-vis spectrum and DFT calculations disclosed that 1 possesses an SiaSi double bond and lone pair electrons on the terminal Si atom coordinated by the NHC. 1 reacted with N2O and B(C6F5)3 to provide a silicon analog of an acetolactone stabilized by a Lewis base and a Lewis acid (4).
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry