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Tris(trimethylsilyl)silane is used in hydrosilylations of carbonyls, radical reactions, reductions of acid chlorides, and carbon-halogen bonds. It acts a mediator of radical reactions and considered to be a nontoxic substitute for tri-n-butylstannane in radical reactions. It forms complexes with transition metals and main group elements. Further, it is utilized in carbon-carbon bond forming reactions.
Radical-based reducing agent, e.g. for hydrodehalogenation reactions of halides to the corresponding hydrocarbons: J. Org. Chem., 56, 678 (1991); cf TBTH ( Tri-n-butyltin hydride, A13298 ). Reversal of the stereoselectivity observed in the TBTH reduction of gem-dichlorides has been reported: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 116, 10781 (1994).
In the presence of a free-radical initiator, ring closure reactions of bromides containing a suitably-positioned double bond can be effected: Tetrahedron Lett., 38, 8165 (1997); 39, 7267 (1998). In the presence of CO, 1,5-dienes undergo tandem silylcarbonylation and cyclization to give cyclopentanone derivatives: J. Organomet. Chem., 548, 105 (1997).
Alkyl and cycloalkyl acid chlorides undergo hydrodechlorocarbonylation to hydrocarbons in high yield: Tetrahedron Lett., 33, 1787 (1992).
Effects the hydrosilylation of alkenes and alkynes in high yield: J. Org. Chem., 57, 3994 (1992); this reaction forms the basis of a (Z) - (E) olefin interconversion via addition-elimination of the tris(TMS)silane radical: J. Org. Chem., 60, 3826 (1995).
Superior to TBTH for the radical mediated cyclization of bromo lactones, avoiding the need for very high dilutions: Heterocycles, 37, 289 (1994).
For a brief survey of uses of this reagent in Organic synthesis, see: Synlett, 1972 (2007).
For a review of organosilanes as radical-based reducing agents in synthesis, see: Acc. Chem. Res., 25, 188 (1992). See also Appendix 4.
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