Bis(perfluoropinacolato)silane: A Neutral Silane Lewis Superacid Activates Si−F Bonds

Florian S. Tschernuth, Thaddäus Thorwart, Lutz Greb, Franziska Hanusch, Shigeyoshi Inoue

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Despite the earth abundance and easy availability of silicon, only few examples of isolable neutral silicon centered Lewis superacids are precedent in the literature. To approach the general drawbacks of limited solubility and unselective deactivation pathways, we introduce a Lewis superacid, based on perfluorinated pinacol substituents. The compound is easily synthesized on a gram-scale as the corresponding acetonitrile mono-adduct 1⋅(MeCN) and was fully characterized, including single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis (SC-XRD) and state-of-the-art computations. Lewis acidity investigations by the Gutmann-Beckett method and fluoride abstraction experiments indicate a Lewis superacidic nature. The challenging Si−F bond activation of Et3SiF is realized and promising catalytic properties are demonstrated, consolidating the potential applicability of silicon centered Lewis acids in synthetic catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25799-25803
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number49
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Si-F activation
  • main-group catalysis
  • perfluoropinacol
  • silicon Lewis superacid
  • silicon mediated catalysis


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