This Perspective surveys recent developments in the synthesis and characterization of discrete oligogermanes. The use of the hydrogermolysis reaction, combined with a protection/deprotection strategy for a Ge–H moiety, has resulted in the synthesis of a variety of oligogermanes where the number of catenated atoms and the identity of the organic substituents can be readily controlled. Relationships between the composition of these oligomers and their optical and electronic properties have also been established.
Fetching data from CrossRef. This may take some time to load.