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Stable Conjugated Disilenes
M. Kobayashi*, T. Matsuo*, T. Fukunaga, D. Hashizume, H. Fueno, K. Tanaka, K. Tamao*
RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, Saitama and Kyoto University, Japan
21 December 2010 (online)
The synthesis and photophysics of air stable π-conjugated disilenes is described. By using the bulky ‘Eind’ group, the authors were able to kinetically stabilize the normally reactive Si-Si double bond. Whilst this method has been demonstrated previously, this is the first time that bench-stable disilenes have been reported.