The synthesis and molecular structure of the first two-coordinate, dinuclear σ-bonded mercury(I) RHgHgR compound

Dmitry Bravo-Zhivotovskii, Michael Yuzefovich, Michael Bendikov, Karl Klinkhammer, Yitzhak Apeloig

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A linear Si-Hg-Hg-Si arrangement and a Hg-Hg distance of 265.69 pm are exhibited by the first two-coordinate, dinuclear σ-bonded organomercury(I) compound 1. It was formed unexpectedly in the reaction of two equivalents of the silane (Me3SiMe2Si)3SiH with tBu2Hg. In contrast if the reagents are allowed to react in a 1:1 ratio the expected mercury(II) compound (Me3SiMe2Si)3SiHgtBu is obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1100-1102
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 19 1999



  • Mercury
  • Silicon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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