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Recent Advances in Group 14 Cross-Coupling: Si and Ge-Based Alternatives to the Stille Reaction

[ Vol. 1 , Issue. 3 ]


Alan C. Spivey, Christopher J. G. Gripton and Joseph P. Hannah   Pages 211 - 226 ( 16 )


The last fifteen years have seen the Pd-catalysed cross-coupling of organosilanes and organogermanes developed to the point where organosilane cross-couplings in particular are emerging as viable and attractive alternatives to the Stille and Suzuki reactions. In this review, the development of these group 14 cross-coupling reactions is overviewed and the current state-of-the-art assessed. Moreover, some mechanistic considerations are presented that, it is hoped, may encourage efforts to overcome remaining challenges in this important area.


cross-coupling, organosilane, organogermane, siloxane, silanol, germatrane


Department of Chemistry, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College, London SE7 2AZ, UK

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