Controlled Growth of Dichlorogermanium Oligomers from Lewis Basic Hosts


  • We thank NSERC of Canada, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for financial support and Compute/Calcul Canada for computational resources.


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To branch or not to branch: A mild stepwise route to various linear and branched (GeCl2)x oligogermylenes supported by Lewis bases is reported, including the carbene-bound Ge4 complex NHC⋅GeCl2Ge(GeCl3)2 (see picture). Dipp=2,6-iPr2C6H3, NHC=N-heterocyclic carbene.