Reactivity of silylene complexes

Masaaki Okazaki, Hiromi Tobita, Hiroshi Ogino

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The metal–silicon bond in silylene complexes is highly polarized in a Mδ−–Siδ+ manner. Accordingly, silylene complexes show high reactivities toward nucleophiles, such as water, alcohols, ketones, isocyanates, and phosphorus ylides. The metal–silicon double bond can also activate aromatic carbon–hydrogen bonds. Among the various silylene complexes, silyl(silylene) complexes occupy a unique position; these complexes undergo intramolecular 1,3-migration, which is postulated as a key step in the metal-mediated redistribution of substituents on organosilicon compounds. Alkyl(silylene) complexes are not stable and undergo 1,2-alkyl migration to yield alkylsilyl complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-506
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Feb 11


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