Electrochemical behaviour of three- to nine-membered cyclic polysilanes

Z. R. Zhang, J. Y. Becker, R. West

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The electrochemical behaviour of cyclic polysilanes, namely, hexamesitylcyclotrisilane (MeS2Si)3 (I), 1,2,3,4-tetra-tert-butyltetramethyl-cyclotetrasilane [t- Bu(Me)Si]4 (II), decaethylcyclopentasilane (Et2Si)5 (III), decapropylcyclopentasilane (Pr2Si)5 (IV), dodecamethylcyclohexasilane (Me2Si)6 (V), tetradecaethylcycloheptasilane (Et2Si)7 (VI), hexadecamethylcyclooctasilane (Me2Si)8 (VII) and octadecamethylcyclononasilane (Me2Si)9 (VIII), have been studied by cyclic voltammetry and preparative scale electrolysis. The effects of electrolyte, ring size and nature of substitutes both on oxidation peak potential and upon reactivity as well as style of product are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-524
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Cyclic polysilanes
  • Cyclic siloxanes
  • Electrochemical oxidation


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