Pentasila-1,4-diene: Homoconjugation between Si=Si double bonds via a SiMe2 unit

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Although the synthesis of several bis-(disilenes) has already been reported, the number of reported conjugation modes between the Si=Si double bonds remains limited. Herein, we report the properties of the stable pentasila-1,4-diene 1, which was obtained from the reaction of two equivalents of disilenide 4 with dichlorodimethylsilane. The π(Si=Si) →π(Si=Si) absorption band of 1 is considerably broadened and redshifted compared to those of the corresponding monodisilene and hexasila-1,5-diene, but blue-shifted relative to those of typical tetrasila-1,3-dienes. The bathochromic shift and the broadening of the absorption band in 1 should be attributed to the homoconjugation between Si=Si double bonds through the SiMe2 unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 11


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