n 2,6-diarylphenylSiR(2) cations, the 2,6-diarylphenyl (m-terphenyl) scaffold blocks incoming nucleophiles and stabilizes the positive charge at silicon by lateral ring interactions. Direct ortho-halogen and π-electron-rich face coordination to silicon has been seen. For a series of cations bearing 2,6-difluoro-2',6'-dimethyl-X(n)-substituted rings, the relative contribution of these two modes of stabilization has been assessed. Direct coordination from an aryl fluoride is found to be comparable to that from the mesityl π-face.
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