Chemistry of the Silicon-Silicon Double Bond

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  • Prof. Robert West

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    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
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Abstract

Disilenes, compounds containing silicon-silicon double bonds, can be isolated as thermally stable, yellow- or orange-colored crystalline compounds; the substituent groups at silicon must be large (mesityl, tert -butyl, etc.) to prevent polymerization. Structural and spectro-scopic studies indicate many similarities between the 3p–3p π bonding in disilenes and the 2p-2p π bonding in olefins, but disilenes are much more reactive than alkenes. The reactions of disilenes lead to many new classes of silicon compounds, including three- and four-membered rings which present novel problems in chemical bonding.

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