Synthesis and solid state structure of a metalloid tin cluster [Sn10(trip8)].

(trip2Sn)2 (trip = 2,4,6-i-Pr3C6H2) reacts with Mg(i) reductants (LMg)2 (L = HC[C(Me)N(dipp)]2) and (L'Mg)2 (L' = HC[C(Me)N(mes)]2) with Sn-C bond cleavage and formation of the novel metalloid tin cluster Sn10trip8 1 or elemental tin. 1, which contains Sn atoms in the formal oxidation states 0, +I and +II, and the side products LMgtrip (2) and L'Mgtrip (3) were characterized spectroscopically and by single crystal X-ray diffraction.


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