Reversible activation and transfer of white phosphorus by silyl-stannylene

Debotra Sarkar, Catherine Weetman, Dominik Munz, Shigeyoshi Inoue

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Use of a silyl supported stannylene ( MesTerSn(Si tBu 3) [ MesTer=2,6-(2,4,6-Me 3C 6H 2) 2C 6H 3] enables activation of white phosphorus under mild conditions, which is reversible under UV light. The reaction of a silylene chloride with the activated P 4 complex results in facile P-atom transfer. The computational analysis rationalizes the electronic features and high reactivity of the heteroleptic silyl-substituted stannylene in contrast to the previously reported bis(aryl)stannylene.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Early online date5 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Nov 2020


  • P activation
  • main group
  • reversible activation
  • small molecule activation
  • tetrylenes


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