Reductive dehydrocoupling of diphenyltin dihydride with LiAlH4: Selective synthesis and structures of the first bicyclo[2.2.1]heptastannane-1,4-diide and bicyclo[2.2.2]octastannane-1,4-diide

Beate G. Steller, Roland C. Fischer, Michaela Flock, Michael S. Hill, David J. Liptrot, Claire L. McMullin, Nasir A. Rajabi, Kathrin Tiefling, Andrew S.S. Wilson

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The reaction of diphenyltin dihydride with LiAlH4 gives access to a set of charged tin cages as their lithium salts. Variation in the ratio of reactants provides a perstannabicyclooctane dianion and a perstannanorbornane as the di- and monoanions. These compounds can be synthesised selectively by careful stoichiometric control and have been characterised by single crystal X-ray diffractometry, NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy. Computational exploration of the electronic structures of these compounds was undertaken and, in agreement with structural and spectroscopic features, indicated significant σ-delocalisation in the tin skeletons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-339
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number3
Early online date29 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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