Stable complexes of parent digermene: An inorganic analogue of ethylene

S. M.Ibrahim Al-Rafia, Mohammad R. Momeni, Michael J. Ferguson, Robert McDonald, Alex Brown, Eric Rivard

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The elusive parent inorganic ethylene H2GeGeH2 has been isolated in the form of a stable complex for the first time via donor-acceptor coordination with suitable Lewis base/acid combinations (LB·H2Ge-GeH2·LA; LB = N-heterocyclic carbene or N-heterocyclic olefin; LA = W(CO)5). The nature of the bonding in these species was investigated by density functional theory calculations and revealed the presence of polarized Ge-Ge covalent σ-bonds within the H2Ge-GeH2 arrays and dative Ge-C interactions between the digermene and the carbon-based Lewis bases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6658-6665
Number of pages8
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 25 2013


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