Radical addition of silanes to alkenes followed by oxidation

Matthew J. Palframan, Andrew F. Parsons*, Paul Johnson

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Phenyldimethylsilane and trichlorosilane are shown to undergo efficient radical hydrosilylation reactions, on reaction with various alkenes, using triethylborane as the initiator. Adducts from the trichlorosilane reactions can be oxidised to afford alcohols in good yields. This two-step process leads to the anti-Markovnikov hydration of alkenes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberD28811ST
Pages (from-to)2811-2814
Number of pages4
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • -silane
  • addition reaction
  • alcohol
  • alkene
  • radical reaction

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