Distannoxane speciation during esterification catalysis: revealing insights provided by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry

Evan Crawford, Tracy Lohr, Erin M. Leitao, Samantha Kwok, J. Scott McIndoe

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Dimeric tetraalkyldistannoxanes are have been reported to catalyze esterification reactions, but are difficult to investigate in detail due to the lack of suitable spectroscopic handles. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), in conjunction with a tethered charge on a tin atom, reveals that immediate decomposition to mono-tin carboxylate compounds occurs in the presence of carboxylic acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9110-9112
Number of pages3
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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