This research project funded by the ERC focusses on the synthesis and coordination chemistry of bisylides and metalated ylides (so-called yldiides). Both compounds possess two lone pairs of electrons at the central carbon atom and can thus serve as σ- and π-donor ligands. These unique donor properties are applied in the complexation and stabilization of unusual (reactive) main group element species as well as the electronic tuning of transition metal compounds. Thus, we are also interested in the impact of the substitution pattern on the donor properties of the ylidic compounds as well as the bonding situations in these systems (Chem. Eur. J. 2017).
First studies in our group involved the synthesis and isolation of a sulfonyl-substituted metalated ylide. Due to its strong donor properties it wass successfully applied in main group element chemistry (Angew. Chem. 2015). For example, a series of different ylide-substituted boron cations could prepared and isolated (Angew. Chem. 2017).