A novel twist on an old theme: beta-Halovinylsilanes, a new elimination approach to oligoyne assembly

Michael Weller, Liam Cox

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This article summarises our recent efforts towards using beta-halovinyisilanes in a new approach to oligoyne assembly. beta-Halovinylsilanes are particularly useful masked alkynes since the free alkyne can be released under mild reaction conditions by treatment with fluoride. To this end, beta-chlorovinylsilane and beta-fluorovinylsilane motifs have been incorporated into a 1-trimethylsilyl-hexa-3-en-1,5-diyne scaffold. Oxidative dimerisation of this masked triyne provides a centrosymmetric masked hexayne, which serves as our building block for oligoyne assembly. We have assembled a masked dodecayne using this methodology and shown that treatment of the masked dodecayne with fluoride effects a four-fold dechlorosilylation to provide the corresponding dodecayne, which is the longest aryl end-capped oligoyne reported to date. This long-chain oligoyne proved to be highly unstable. Molecular encapsulation provides a potential solution to the problem of instability associated with long-chain oligoynes, and preliminary results where one of our masked hexaynes was modified in order to form an insulated system are presented. To cite this article: M. D. Weller, L. R. Cox, C R. Chimie 12 (2009). (c) 2008 Academie des sciences. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All fights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-377
Number of pages12
JournalComptes Rendus Chimie
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • Vinylsilane
  • Alkyne
  • Elimination
  • Molecular encapsulation
  • Conjugated systems
  • Vinylhalide
  • Oligoyne


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