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B22457 Tris(trimethylsilyl)silane, 97%

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B22457-03 1g 30.50
B22457-06 5g 85.30
B22457-14 25g 240.00
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Tris(trimethylsilyl)silane, 97%


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Air Sensitive. Store under Argon. Ambient temperatures.
Miscible with pentane, ether, toluene and tetrahydrofuran. Sparingly miscible with acetone and acetonitrile. Immiscible with water.


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.


Light sensitive. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.

Literature References

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.

da Silva, G. P.; Ali, A.; da Silva, R. C.; Jiang, H.; Paixão, M. W. Tris(trimethylsilyl) silane and visible-light irradiation: a new metal-and additive-free photochemical process for the synthesis of indoles and oxindoles. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51 (82), 15110-15113.

Mandhapati, A. R.; Rajender, S.; Shaw, J.; Crich, D. The Isothiocyanato Moiety: An Ideal Protecting Group for the Stereoselective Synthesis of Sialic Acid Glycosides and Subsequent Diversification. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54 (4), 1275-1278.

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H226-H315-H319-H335

Flammable liquid and vapour. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.

Precautionary Statements: P210-P233-P235-P240-P241-P242-P243-P261-P264b-P271-P280-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P337+P313-P363-P370+P378q-P501c

Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep container tightly closed. Keep cool. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Use only non-sparking tools. Take precautionary measures against static discharge. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant

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