Gregory H Robinson

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Dative, or nonoxidative, ligand coordination is common in transition metal complexes; however, this bonding motif is rare in compounds of main group elements in the formal oxidation state of zero. Here, we report that the potassium graphite reduction of the neutral hypervalent silicon-carbene complex L:SiCl4 {where L: is:C[N(2,6-Pri2-C6H3)CH]2 and Pri is(More)
While transition metals are well known for assuming the formal oxidation state of zero in various compounds main group elements have rarely engaged in this practice. Recent reports of N-heterocyclic carbene-stabilized main group diatomic allotropes (i.e., Si(2), Ge(2), P(2), As(2)) denote a breakthrough of zero-oxidation state main group chemistry. This(More)
This article highlights recent efforts of this laboratory in the stabilization of highly reactive, low-oxidation-state, main-group molecules using bulky N-heterocyclic carbene ligands [L: = :C{N(2,6-Pr(i)(2)C(6)H(3))CH}(2); L': = :C{N(2,4,6-Me(3)C(6)H(2))CH}(2); L'': = :C{(i-Pr)NC(Me)}(2)]. The syntheses, structures, and computational studies of(More)
Molecular SiO2 and other simple silicon oxides have remained elusive despite the indispensable use of silicon dioxide materials in advanced electronic devices. Owing to the great reactivity of silicon-oxygen double bonds, as well as the low oxidation state of silicon atoms, the chemistry of simple silicon oxides is essentially unknown. We now report that(More)
Reaction of carbene-stabilized disilicon L:Si═Si:L (L: = :C{N(2,6-Pr(i)(2)C(6)H(3))CH}(2), 1) with BH(3)·THF results in facile cleavage of the silicon-silicon double bond and the formation of two quite different "push-pull" stabilized products with borane- and carbene-coordinated silylene moieties: 2, containing a parent silylene (:SiH(2)); and 3,(More)
ion from ethereal solvents in the presence of alkali metals. Both 3a, as black red crystals, and 3b, as ruby-colored crystals, were isolated from the 1:5 Et2O/hexane solvent mixture, while 3c was crystallized from the parent Et2O solution. Despite their three different conformations in the solid state, 3a-c, exhibit identical 1H and 11B NMR spectra in C6D6(More)