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Activating the non-symmetrical Bpin-Bdan diboron reagent with alkoxide leads to the formation of two possible adducts: MeO(-) →Bpin-Bdan or MeO(-) →Bdan-Bpin. Experimental and theoretical investigation confirms that the MeO(-) →Bpin interaction is preferred and thus selective formation of a C-Bdan bond upon reaction with an activated C=C bond.
The addition of AlCl 3 to four-coordinate boranes of the general formula (C−N-chelate)BCl 2 results in halide abstraction and formation of three-coordinate borenium cations of the general formula [(C−N-chelate)BCl] +. The latter react with both arylstannanes and arylsilanes by boro-destannylation and-desilylation, respectively, to form arylated boranes.(More)
Activation of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes (NHC⋅BH3 ) by I2 enables the metal-free catalytic C-H borylation of heteroarenes with formation of H2 as the by-product in a process that uses only bench stable precursors. The borylation of indoles using NHC⋅BH3 /I2 produces C2-borylated indoles exclusively in contrast to other catalytic electrophilic C-H(More)
A combination of in situ IR spectroscopy (ReactIR) and DFT calculations have been used to understand what factors govern the selectivity in the addition of primary amines to α,β-unsaturated aldehydes and ketones, i.e., 1,2- versus 1,4-addition. It has been found that the 1,2-addition products (α,β-unsaturated imines following addition and elimination)(More)
Boron compounds have been traditionally regarded as "Lewis acids" preferring to accept electrons rather than donate them in the course of their reactions but current examples of unusual reactivity between tricoordinated boranes and electrophilic sites suggest a new conceptual context for the boryl moieties, based on their nucleophilic character which can be(More)
We have studied the non-conventional trans-hydroboration reaction of alkynes both experimentally and theoretically. A catalytic system based on the in situ mixture of [{Rh(cod)Cl}(2)]/PCy(3) (cod=1,5-cyclooctadiene, Cy=cyclohexyl) has been able to activate pinacolborane and catecholborane and transfer boryl and hydride groups onto the same unhindered carbon(More)
We describe herein the development of quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) for the nucleophilicity of trivalent boron compounds covering boryl fragments bonded to alkali and alkaline-earth metals, to transition metals, and to sp3 boron units in diboron reagents. We used the charge of the boryl fragment (q[B]) and the boron p/s population(More)
Most trivalent boron reagents are electrophiles owing to the vacancy for two electrons to fill the outer orbital of boron; however, interestingly, trivalent boron compounds can change their electrophilic character to a nucleophilic character by only changing the nature of the substituents on the boron atoms. With the help of computational tools, we have(More)