Silicon becomes colored: Stable biradicals were prepared from an N-heterocyclic carbene stabilized SiCl2 and a cyclic alkyl(amino)carbene, and characterized as two polymorphs. The deep-blue crystals of one polymorph are stable upon exposure to air for about a week, while the solution in THF decomposes rapidly when exposed to air. In a side reaction, the different carbene species react with each other under CH activation and CC bond formation in the presence of the biradical.
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