Persistent phosphinyl radicals from a bulky diphosphine: an example of a molecular jack-in-the-box

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Abstract

The structure of the phosphinyl radical, (P) over dot R-2 [R = CH(SiMe3)(2)], has been determined by gas-phase electron diffraction (GED) together with ab initio molecular orbital calculations, and that of the corresponding diphosphine, (PR2)(2), has been established by X-ray crystallography; the diphosphine behaves as an energy storage reservoir.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2045-2046
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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