Synthetic approaches to cationic silylene-, germylene-, and stannylene-transition metal complexes via halide ion abstraction

Tobin J Marks, Afif M. Seyam

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The reactions of chloro-silicon- and chloro-germanium-transition metal complexes with AgBF4, AgPF6, and AgSbF6 produce, in high yield, the corresponding fluoro derivatives and BF3, PF3, and SbF5, respectively. Secondary reactions involving the cleavage of silicon- and germanium-to-carbon bonds by PF5 and SbF5 are also observed. With chloro-tin-transition metal compounds, AgBF4 yields covalent complexes in which BF4- is coordinated to tin. The reaction of (C5 H5)Fe-(CO)2Si(OCH3)3 with HPF6 also results in fluoro-silicon derivatives. In no case could a cationic silylene, germylene, or stannylene complex be isolated, and the reasons for the preferential fluorination are discussed in comparison with results for analogous carbenoid systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1624-1627
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1974


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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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