2,5-Digermaselenophenes: Germanium Analogues of Selenophenes

A stable crystalline 2,5-digermaselenophene was synthesized. In contrast to hitherto reported selenophenes, this digermaselenophene exhibits a trans-pyramidalized structure, which is due to its electronic properties. The practical utility of this 2,5-digermaselenophene is reflected in its ability to activate dihydrogen and acetylene at room temperature in the absence of a transition-metal complex, and this behavior can be rationalized on the basis of its physicochemical properties, which are characterized by considerable electron-donating and -accepting abilities.