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Ganesan Prabusankar, Christian Gemel, Pattiyil Parameswaran, Charity Flener, Gernot Frenking and Roland A. Fischer A Short Bi[DOUBLE BOND]Bi Bond Supported by a Metalloid Group 13 Ligand Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48

Article first published online: 24 JUN 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200902172

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Bismuth goes GaGa: Dibismuthenes are derived from commercially available bismuth(III) triflate or aryloxide salts by employing [Ga(ddp)] (ddp=CH[MeC(2,6-iPr2C6H3)N]2) as an efficient reducing agent and trapping ligand. Apart from the shortest bismuth–bismuth bonds known to date, the compounds demonstrate the unique synthetic potential in main-group chemistry of low-coordinate Group 13 compounds analogous to N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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