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Tetrasilacyclobutadiene (tBu2MeSi)4Si4:  A New Ligand for Transition-Metal Complexes

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posted on 27.04.2005, 00:00 by Kazunori Takanashi, Vladimir Ya. Lee, Tadahiro Matsuno, Masaaki Ichinohe, Akira Sekiguchi
The anionic complex of [tetrakis(di-tert-butylmethylsilyl) tetrasilacyclobutadiene]dicarbonylcobalt, [(R4Si4)Co(CO)2]-·K+ (R = SiMetBu2) 2-·K+, was synthesized by the reaction of tetrasilacyclobutadiene dianion dipotassium salt [R4Si4]2-·2K+ 1 with an excess of CpCo(CO)2 in THF. X-ray analysis of 2-·[K+(diglyme)2(THF)] showed an almost planar Si4 ring of rectangular shape with an in-plane arrangement of the silyl substituents. 2- was also prepared as a free anion with the [K+[2.2.2]cryptand] counterion by complexation with [2.2.2]cryptand and as a dimer {2-·[K+(THF)3]}2 without complexing reagents in THF. Such a tetrasilacyclobutadiene fragment represents a new type of ligand for Co complexes, being the first example of a cyclobutadiene containing only heavier group 14 elements.