In principle, the alkene could react with the electrophile at either end but reaction next to silicon leads to the more stable cation β to silicon. In the vinyl silane, the C-Si bond is orthogonal to the p orbital of the π bond, but as the electrophile attacks, the silyl group starts to move upwards, increasing the interaction between the C-Si bond and the empty p orbital of the cation. Rotation is restricted and the C-Si bond stabilization is decreased, resulting in the quick removal of the silyl group to form the alkene which retains it’s geometry.
Click on a star to rate it!
Average rating / 5. Vote count:
No votes so far! Be the first to rate this page.
Let us improve this page!
Thanks for your feedback!