1,2-Insertion reactions of alkynes into the Ge-C bonds in dibromodigermenes afford stable crystalline bromovinylgermylenes. In contrast to previously reported Lewis-base-supported vinylgermylenes, the bromovinylgermylene obtained from reaction of the bromogermylene with 3-hexyneviasuch an 1,2-insertion is a donor-free monomer. A feasible reaction mechanism, proposed on the basis of the observed experimental results in combination with theoretical calculations, suggests that the [1+2]-cycloadduct and the insertion product are the kinetic and thermodynamic product, respectively.
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