Tributyltin hydride

Tributyltin hydride is an organotin compound with the formula (C4H9)3SnH. It is a colorless liquid that is soluble in organic solvents. The compound is used as a source of hydrogen atoms in organic synthesis.

Tributyltin hydride
Skeletal formula of tributyltin with one explicit hydrogen added
Spacefill model of tributyltin
Ball and stick model of tributyltin
Systematic IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 211-704-4
MeSH Tributyltin
  • InChI=1S/3C4H9.Sn.H/c3*1-3-4-2;;/h3*1,3-4H2,2H3;; ☒N
Molar mass 291.06 g mol−1
Density 1.082 g cm−3
Boiling point 80 °C (176 °F; 353 K) at 50 Pa
Slowly reacts[citation needed]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Synthesis and characterizationEdit

The compound is produced by reduction of tributyltin oxide with polymethylhydrosiloxane (Bu = CH3CH2CH2CH2):[2][3]

2"(MeSiH)" + (Bu3Sn)2O → "(Me2Si)2O" + 2 Bu3SnH
(Bu3Sn)2O + 2/n (MeSi(H)O)n → 2 Bu3SnH + 1/n [(MeSiO)2O]n

The hydride is a distillable liquid that is mildly sensitive to air, decomposing to (Bu3Sn)2O. Its IR spectrum exhibits a strong band at 1814 cm−1 for νSn-H.


It is a useful reagent in organic synthesis. Combined with azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) or by irradiation with light, tributyltin hydride converts organic halides (and related groups) to the corresponding hydrocarbon. This process occurs via a radical chain mechanism involving the radical Bu3Sn•.[4][5] The radical abstracts a H• from another equivalent of tributyltin hydride, propagating the chain. Tributyltin hydride's utility as a H• donor can be attributed to its relatively weak bond strength (78 kcal/mol).[6]

It is the reagent of choice for hydrostannylation reactions:[7]

RC2R' + HSnBu3 → RC(H)=C(SnBu3)R'

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Hayashi, K.; Iyoda, J.; Shiihara, I. "Reaction of organotin oxides, alkoxides and acyloxides with organosilicon hydrides. New preparative method of organotin hydrides " J. Organomet. Chem. 1967, 10, 81. doi:10.1016/S0022-328X(00)81719-2


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