Based on geometries and relative energies, three different mechanisms are proposed for the rearrangements of five isomers of silacyclohexadienylidenes to silabenzene at B3LYP and MP2 levels: (1) [1,2]-hydrogen migration through a planar transition state, (2) [1,4]-hydrogen migration through a boat transition state, and (3) zip-zap mechanism, comprised of three successive [1,2]-hydrogen migrations. The above results are compared and contrasted to rearrangements of the corresponding cyclohexadienylidenes to benzene.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ab initio
- Hydrogen migration
- Zip-zap mechanism