A Hydrocarbon-Soluble Lithium Hydride Complex


  • We are grateful to the Australian Research Council for a fellowship and the Monash Research Accelerator Program. Part of this research was undertaken on the MX1 beamline at the Australian Synchrotron, Victoria, Australia.


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LiH-ghtweight: The title complex having a central (LiH)4 cube has been prepared and structurally characterized (see picture). The compound is stable towards LiH elimination at room temperature in solution, and can be employed for hydrolithiation reactivity as has been demonstrated by its reaction with benzophenone.