A series of ferrocenophanes with functional P–E–P motifs (E = group 14 fragments) is reported. Out of these, the silicon compounds with the general formula Fe(C5H4PtBu)2SiXY (XY = Cl2, Br2, I2, H2, HCl) have been characterized by spectroscopic means and the bonding situation was analyzed using X-ray crystallography and quantum chemical calculations. Despite the two stereogenic phosphanyl centers, most of the ferrocenophanes have been obtained as single isomers in the course of stereospecific reactions. The corresponding stannylene Fe(C5H4PtBu)2Sn has been obtained in the form of its dimeric adduct.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Phosphorus Chemistry: Discoveries and Advances