Synthesis and characterization of diacylgermanes: persistent derivatives with superior photoreactivity

Sabrina D. Püschmann, Philipp Frühwirt, Stefanie M. Müller, Stefan H. Wagner, Ana Torvisco, Roland C. Fischer, Anne Marie Kelterer, Thomas Griesser, Georg Gescheidt, Michael Haas*

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Acylgermanes are known as highly efficient photoinitiators. In this contribution, we present the synthesis of new diacylgermanes4a-eviaa multiple silyl abstraction methodology. The method outperforms the state-of-the-art approach (Corey-Seebach reaction) towards diacylgermanes in terms of group tolerance and toxicity of reagents. Moreover, these compounds are decorated with bulky mesityl groups in order to improve their storage stability. The isolated diacylgermanes were characterized by multinuclear NMR-, UV-Vis spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, as well as photolysis experiments (photobleaching) and photo-DSC measurements (photopolymerization behavior). Upon irradiation with an LED emitting at 385 nm, all compounds except for4aand4cbleach efficiently with quantum yields above 0.6. Due to their broad absorption bands, the compounds can be also bleached with blue light (470 nm), where especially4ebleaches more efficiently than Ivocerin®.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11965-11974
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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