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The Bis(allyl)bismuth Cation: A Reagent for Direct Allyl Transfer by Lewis Acid Activation and Controlled Radical Polymerization


  • Generous financial support by Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (Kekulé Scholarship to C.L.) is gratefully acknowledged. The authors thank Dr. Klaus Beckerle for helpful discussions.


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A positive effect: The bis(allyl)bismuth cation (see picture) in [Bi(C3H5)2(thf)2][B(C6H3Cl2)4] is superior to neutral tris(allyl)bismuth in the additive-free allylation of unsaturated C-heteroatom functionalities and the controlled living radical polymerization of activated olefins.