Chemistry Publications

Title

Reactivity of sulfonyl-containing compounds with ditetrelenes

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Journal

Dalton Transactions

Volume

46

Issue

44

First Page

15451

Last Page

15457

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1039/c7dt02374j

Abstract

The addition of a variety of sulfones and a sulfoxide to ditetrelenes (a disilene and a digermene) was examined. The reaction of benzenesulfonyl chloride with tetramesityldisilene or tetramesityldigermene results in the formation of the 1,2-addition products, 2-chlorotetramesityldisilyl- or digermylbenzenesulfinate. The addition of p-toluenesulfonyl chloride to the disilene gave the analogous product, 2-chlorotetramesityldisilyl p-toluenesulfinate. In contrast, benzenesulfonyl fluoride, diphenyl and dimethyl sulfone did not react with either the disilene or the digermene. The unprecedented formation of the sulfinates reveals a selective 2-electron reduction of the sulfur centres using ditetrelenes. The addition reactions of sulfonyl compounds illustrates the potential of ditetrelenes to serve as reducing agents which react rapidly, at room temperature under mild conditions. The reaction of tetramesityldisilene with diphenyl sulfoxide resulted in the formation of tetramesityloxadisilirane and with benzene sulfonic acid resulted in the formation of 1,1,2,2-tetramesityldisilyl benzenesulfonate.

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