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(SitBu3) [MesTer=2,6-(2,4,6-Me3C6H2)2C6H3] enables activation of white phosphorus under mild conditions, which is reversible under UV light. The reaction of a silylene chloride with the activated P4 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
Pages (from-to)3519-3523
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number7
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2021


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


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