Facile rotation around Si=Si double bonds in tetrakis(trialkylsilyl)disilenes

Mitsuo Kira, Sachiko Ohya, Takeaki Iwamoto, Masaaki Ichinohe, Chizuko Kabuto

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Stable disilenes having two different trialkylsilyl substituents [SiASiBSi=SiSiASiB ((E)-2 and (Z)-2) and SiA2Si=SiSiB2 (3), where SiA = t-BuMe2Si and SiB = i-Pr2MeSi] were prepared and characterized. Disilene (E)-2 was found by X-ray crystallography to have the highest planarity around the Si=Si bond among isolated tetrasilyldisilenes. Temperature-dependent 29Si NMR spectra of a mixture of (E)- and (Z)-2 revealed the facile intramolecular isomerization between (E)-2 and (Z)-2 with a free energy of activation less than 15 kcal/mol at 300 K; the value is ca. 10 kcal/mol smaller than those of E,Z-isomerization of other known stable disilenes with aryl or alkyl substituents. The origin of the low barrier for the silyl-substituted disilenes is ascribed to the effective σ-π interaction at the transition state of the isomerization. In addition to the rotational isomerization, the isomerization of 2 to 3 was also observed at higher temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1817-1819
Number of pages3
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 15


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