Organolanthanide-Catalyzed Dehydrogenative Coupling of Silanes. Mechanistic Implications

Craig M. Forsyth, Steven P. Nolan, Tobin Jay Marks*

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Organolanthanide complexes of the type Cp’2LnR (Cp’ = η5-Me5C5; Ln = La, Nd, Sm, Y, Lu; R = H, CH(SiMe3)2), Me2SiCp″2LnR (Cp″ = η5-Me4C5; Ln = Nd; R = CH(SiMe3)2), Cp’2Sm, and Cp’2Sm(THF)2 catalyze the rapid dehydrogenative oligomerization of PhSiH3. Kinetic and mechanistic arguments exclude the importance of metal-centered redox processes in the catalytic cycle and support instead “four-center” “heterolytic” bond-scission/bond-forming sequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2543-2545
Number of pages3
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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