Tetramesityldisilene, a Stable Compound Containing a Silicon-Silicon Double Bond

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Science  18 Dec 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4527, pp. 1343-1344
DOI: 10.1126/science.214.4527.1343


Irradiation of 2,2-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)hexamethyltrisilane in hydrocarbon solution produces tetramesityldisilene, which can be isolated as a yellow-orange solid stable to room temperature and above in the absence of air. Like the olefins of carbon chemistry, tetramesityldisilene undergoes addition reactions across the silicon-silicon double bond.

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