1,2-bis(ferrocenyl)digermene: A d-π electron system containing a Ge=Ge unit

Takahiro Sasamori*, Hisashi Miyamoto, Heisuke Sakai, Yukio Furukawa, Norihiro Tokitoh

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The synthesis and structural analysis of the 1,2-bis(ferrocenyl)digermene (E)-Tip(Fc)Ge=Ge(Fc)Tip (Tip = 2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl, Fc = ferrocenyl), a stable crystalline compound, is reported. In this digermene, two ferrocenyl d electron systems are bridged by a Ge=Ge π spacer. As is evident from X-ray crystallographic, spectroscopic, and electrochemical analysis, this 1,2-bis(ferrocenyl)digermene shows effective d-π interaction and the Ge=Ge π bond is stable in the solid state. The Ge=Ge double bond is cleaved at elevated temperatures in the presence of butadiene, with concomitant loss of the π conjugation in the molecule.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3904-3910
Number of pages7
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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