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A Free, Tricoordinate Stannylium Cation

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posted on 25.04.2003, 00:00 by Joseph B. Lambert, Lijun Lin, Shahar Keinan, Thomas Müller
Tris(2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl)stannylium tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate constitutes a free, tricoordinate tin cation according to its X-ray structure. There is no coordination between the cation and either solvent or anion, and there are no atoms at apical positions. DFT calculations confirm the structure and indicate that there is no agostic bonding between the ortho isopropyl methinyl hydrogens and the Sn atom. Calculation of the 119Sn chemical shift is in good agreement with the observed value.