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Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide

Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide
Systematic name Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide
Other names sodium hexamethyldisilazane,
sodium hexamethyldisilazide,
Molecular formula C6H18NNaSi2
Molar mass 183.37 g/mol
Appearance off-white solid
CAS number [1070-89-9]
Density and phase 0.9 g/cm3, solid
Solubility in water reacts with water
Other solvents THF, benzene
Melting point 171-175 °C (approx 446 K)
Boiling point 170 °C/2 mmHg
(pKa) of conj. acid:

26 (in THF), 30 in DMSO)
Molecular shape Bent at nitrogen
Crystal structure  ?
Dipole moment  ? D
MSDS External MSDS
Main hazards Highly flammable, corrosive
NFPA 704
Flash point  ? °C
R/S statement R: 11,15,34
S: 16, 24/25
RTECS number  ?
Supplementary data page
Structure and
n, εr, etc.
Phase behaviour
Solid, liquid, gas
Spectral data UV, IR, NMR, MS
Related compounds
Other anions  ?
Other cations Lithium
Related compounds Lithium diisopropylamide (LDA)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox disclaimer and references

Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide is the chemical compound with the formula ((CH3)3Si)2NNa. This species, usually called NaHMDS (sodium hexamethyldisilazide), is a strong base used for deprotonation reactions or base catalyzed reaction. Its advantages are that it is available as a solid and it is soluble in a wide range of nonpolar solvents by virtue of the lipophilic TMS groups.[1]

NaHMDS is quickly destroyed by water to form sodium hydroxide and bis(trimethylsilyl)amine.


It is common that polar organometallic reagents are depicted as ions, when in fact such species are rarely ionic. The structure shown in the figure is a better representation - the sodium atom is attached to the nitrogen atom via a polar covalent bond.

Applications in synthesis

NaHMDS is widely used as a base for C-H acids. Typical reactions:

  • To deprotonate ketones and esters to generate enolate derivatives.
  • Generate halocarbenes such as CHBr and CHI by dehydrohalogenation of the CH2X2 (X = Br, I). These carbene reagents add to alkenes to give substituted cyclopropanes.
  • To generate Wittig reagents via deprotonation of phosphonium salts.
  • Deprotonate cyanohydrins.

NaHMDS is also used as a base for N-H acids.

NaHMDS reacts with alkyl halides to give amine derivatives:

(CH3)3Si)2NNa + RBr → (CH3)3Si)2NR + NaBr
(CH3)3Si)2NR + H2O → (CH3)3Si)2O + RNH2

This method has been extended to aminomethylation via the reagent (CH3)3Si)2NCH2OMe, which contains a displacable methoxy group.

  • To deprotonate precursors to give stable carbenes.


  1. ^ Watson, B. T.; Lebel, H. "Sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide" in Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (Ed: L. Paquette) 2004, J. Wiley & Sons, New York. DOI: 10.1002/047084289.
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