The X-ray crystal structure analysis of tris(trimethylsilyl)cyclopropenylium cation 2 is presented and compared with the structure and bonding properties obtained by quantum mechanical ab initio calculations. The calculated bond lengths for 2 are in good agreement with the experimentally determined ones. The effect of tris-silyl and tris-methyl substitution on the stability of the tris-substituted cyclopropenylium ions are calculated by using the isodesmic hydride transfer reaction 1. The pKR+ value of 2 is predicted to be 4.
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- Organic Chemistry