Preparation and Reactions of Dichlorodithienogermoles

The reaction of 3,3′-dilithiobithiophenes with tetrachlorogermane afforded 4,4-dichlorodithienogermoles, which readily underwent substitution on the central germanium atom. Reactions of a dichlorodithienogermole with LiAlH<sub>4</sub>, MeLi, Me<sub>2</sub>NC<sub>6</sub>H<sub>4</sub>Li, and C<sub>6</sub>F<sub>5</sub>MgBr gave the corresponding Ge-substituted products. Dihydrodithienogermole obtained from the reaction with LiAlH<sub>4</sub> was further treated with LDA to give a dimer whose structure was verified by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) study. Hydrolysis of dichlorodithienogermoles provided cyclotetragermoxanes. Their optical properties were examined with respect to the UV absorption and fluorescence spectra. It was found that one of the cyclotetragermoxanes responded to a nitorobenzene vapor in the solid state, decreasing the PL intensity.