Tetrahedral Sn-silsesquioxane: Synthesis, characterization and catalysis

Evgeny V. Beletskiy, Zhongliang Shen, Mark V. Riofski, Xianliang Hou, James R. Gallagher, Jeffrey T. Miller, Yuyang Wu, Harold H Kung*, Mayfair Kung

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A tetrahedral stannasilsesquioxane complex was synthesized as a racemic mixture using Sn(OiPr)4 and silsesquioxanediol, and its structure was confirmed with X-ray crystallography, NMR, and EXAFS. The complex was a Lewis acid, and both anti and syn-binding with Lewis bases were possible with the formation of octahedral Sn complexes. It was also a Lewis acid catalyst active for epoxide ring opening and hydride transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15699-15701
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number99
StatePublished - Dec 25 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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    Beletskiy, E. V., Shen, Z., Riofski, M. V., Hou, X., Gallagher, J. R., Miller, J. T., Wu, Y., Kung, H. H., & Kung, M. (2014). Tetrahedral Sn-silsesquioxane: Synthesis, characterization and catalysis. Chemical Communications, 50(99), 15699-15701. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cc07897g