Main group chemistry

Small silicon oxides isolated

Bulk SiO2 is widespread in nature, and silicon oxide clusters are important to a variety of applications, yet molecular silicon oxides have remained elusive. Two molecular compounds featuring silicon oxide moieties, Si2O3 and Si2O4, have now been isolated by oxidation of a carbene-stabilized disilicon precursor.

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Figure 1: The search for silicon oxides.

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Apeloig, Y. Small silicon oxides isolated. Nature Chem 7, 468–470 (2015) doi:10.1038/nchem.2271

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