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Tri-substituted Silane Reducing Agent
Organosilanes are hydrocarbon-like and possess the ability to serve as both ionic and free-radical reducing agents. These reagents and their reaction by-products are safer and more easily handled and disposed than many other reducing agents. The metallic nature of silicon and its low electronegativity relative to hydrogen lead to polarization of the Si-H bond yielding a hydridic hydrogen and a milder reducing agent compared to aluminum-, boron-, and other metal-based hydrides. A summary of some key silane reductions are presented in Table 1 of the Silicon-Based Reducing Agents brochure.
1,1,4,4-Tetramethyl-1,4-disilabutane; 1,2-Bis(dimethylsilyl)ethane; 1,1,4,4-Tetramethyldisilethylene
Boiling Point: 125-8°
Molecular Weight: 146.38
Alternative Name: 1,2-BIS(DIMETHYLSILYL)ETHANE
Specific Gravity: 0.743
Flashpoint: 20°C (68°F)
HMIS Key: 2-4-1-X
Hydrolytic Sensitivity: 3: reacts with aqueous base
Refractive Index: 1.4215
Application: Precursor for "star" gel hybrid inorganic-organic polymers.1
Forms a-SiC:H by remote plasma CVD.2
Reference: 1. Michalczyk, M. et al. PCT Int'l Appl. 9406807, 1994.
2. Wrobel, A. M. et al. Thin Solid Films 2012, 520, 7100.