Professor Corey received her Ph.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin following a B.S. and M.S. at the University of North Dakota. She has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin, and the Universite des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc. She has been at UM-St. Louis since 1968 and became Professor Emerita in 2008.
Unlike CH bonds in hydrocarbon chemistry, the SiH bond in hydrosilanes may be viewed as a functional group. However, transformations of SiH to other Si-element bonds usually require a catalyst. Typical coreactants are HE1 species and if E1 represents another silicon unit, then homodehydrocoupling occurs to give silicon oligomers and polymers with H2 as the only by-product. Titanium triad complexes are particularly effective for this transformation. Silicon analogs of substituted ethanes, propanes and butanes can be formed through the reaction of secondary silanes such as PhMeSiH2 in the presence of the combination, Cp2MCl2 (M = Ti, Zr, Hf) and n-BuLi. With the availability of this simple dehydrogenative coupling reaction, the chemistry of short chains can be studied and developed. Examples include the removal of phenyl groups in H(PhMeSi)xH with l to x equivalents of triflic acid to give the corresponding silyl triflates, H[(Ph)x-y(OTf)ySixMex]H. Replacement of the triflate group by reaction with a number of nucleophiles may then take place to provide new oligomers. Oligomers with fluorosilane end groups have also been prepared through reaction with CuF2 or CuCl2/KF/KI.
Condensation of primary silanes with metallocene halides plus RLi provides polysilanes whose molecular weights vary with the structure of the metallocene. The mechanism for this condensation process is not entirely clear but probably involves sigma-bond materials steps and possibly radical processes. Strategies that will lead to an increase in molecular weight are under study and include modification of the basic metallocene structure as well as the development of new catalyst systems. Although earlier reports suggested that syndiotactic polysilanes were produced from metallocene catalysts, our recent studies have demonstrated that this is not the case and that the polymers are atactic. New challenges are to find catalysts that improve the molecular weights and control the microstructure of the polymer. Dehydrocoupling has also been utilized to generate polystannanes from hydrostannanes as well as carbosilanes from systems of the general formula, H3Si-X-SiH3.
The general reaction of hydrosilanes with other H-element bonds is a general process promoted by a variety of transition metals. This transformation proceeds by a mechanism that differs from the nucleophilic processes at SiCl bonds that are usually employed for substitution at silicon. As an example, hydrosilanes couple with alcohols in the presence of Cp2TiCl2/n-BuLi. In the presence of transition metal complexes hydrosilanes are also useful reducing agents for organic substrates. An example includes hydrosilylation of ketones that can be promoted in the presence of Cp2TiF2
"Siloles: part 1: synthesis, characterization, and applications," J. Y. Corey, Adv. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 59, 1.
"Siloles: part 2: silaindenes (benzosiloles) and silafluorenes (dibenzosiloles): synthesis, characterization, and applications," J. Y. Corey, Adv. Organomet. Chem. 2011, 59, 181
"Reactions of hydrosilanes with Transition Metal complexes and characterization of the Products", J. Y. Corey, Chem. Rev. 2011, 111, 863
"Reactions of (Et2CH2CH2NEt2).H2SiCl2 with Selected Diorganometallic Reagents of Magnesium and Lithium", J. Y. Corey, K. A. Trankler, J. Braddock-Wilking and N. P. Rath, Organometallics 2010, 29, 5708
"Preparation of 1,1-disubstituted silacyclopentadienes " J. Braddock-Wilking, Y. Zhang, J. Y. Corey and N. P. Rath, J. Organomet. Chem. 2008, 693, 1233.
"Activation of Group 14 El-H Bonds at Platinum(0)", C. P. White, J. Braddock-Wilking, J. Y. Corey, H. Xu, E. Redekop, S. Sedinkin, and N. P. Rath, Organometallics 2007, 26, 1996