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Surprisingly stable Si–CO species

As a consequence of their high instability, main-group carbonyl complexes are rare — only a few have been detected, typically in low-temperature matrices. Now, two siliconcarbonyl complexes have been isolated using innovative substituent patterns at the Si centre; their reactivity resembles that of their transition-metal counterparts.

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Fig. 1: Stable carbonyl complexes.


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Mandal, D., Andrada, D.M. Surprisingly stable Si–CO species. Nat. Chem. 12, 1089–1091 (2020).

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