Germabenzenylpotassium: A Germanium Analogue of a Phenyl Anion.

Author(s) Mizuhata, Y.; Fujimori, S.; Sasamori, T.; Tokitoh, N.
Journal Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
Date Published 2017 Apr 10

Reduction of the stable germabenzene, 1-Tbt-2-tert-butyl-germabenzene (Tbt=2,4,6-tris[bis(trimethylsilyl)methyl]phenyl), with KC8 resulted in the formation of 2-tert-butylgermabenzenylpotassium, that is, the germanium analogue of phenylpotassium, under concomitant elimination of the aryl group from the Ge atom. Under an inert atmosphere, this germabenzenylpotassium could be isolated in the form of stable yellow crystals. In the crystalline state, as well as in solution, the germabenzenyl moiety adopts a monomeric form, even though the X-ray diffraction analysis suggests the presence of highly reactive Ge=C double bonds. The spectroscopic and X-ray crystallographic analyses, in combination with theoretical calculations indicate an ambident character for this germabenzenyl anion, with contributions from aromatic and germylene resonance structures.

DOI 10.1002/anie.201700801
ISSN 1521-3773
Citation Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2017;56(16):45884592.

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