A three-coordinate iron-silylene complex stabilized by ligand-ligand dispersion forces

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  • Authors:
  • Mikko M. Hänninen
  • Kuntal Pal
  • Benjamin M. Day
  • Thomas Pugh
  • Richard Layfield


The structural and bonding properties of a three-coordinate N-heterocyclic silyene (NHSi) complex of the iron(ii) amide [Fe{N(SiMe3)2}2] are reported. Computational studies reveal that dispersion forces between the amido SiMe3 substituents and the isopropyl substituents on the NHSi ligand significantly enhance the stability of the complex, along with Fe-to-Si π-backbonding.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11301-11305
Number of pages5
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number28
StatePublished - 27 Jun 2016