Peter Bellham

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Reactions of equimolar quantities of secondary amine boranes, R(2)NH·BH(3), with the homoleptic group 2 alkyl compounds [M{CH(SiMe(3))(2)}(2)(THF)(2)] (M = Mg, Ca, Sr) provide the alkyl group 2 amido borane derivatives [M{CH(SiMe(3))(2)}{NR(2)BH(3)}(THF)](2). While the strontium derivatives of reactions with dimethylamine and pyrrolidine borane are stable(More)
Heavier group 2 (Mg, Ca) bis(trimethylsilyl)amides are catalysts for the formation of unsymmetrical diaminoboranes, [(R(2)N)BH(NR'(2))], by dehydrocoupling of amine boranes and protic amines; a process which is proposed to occur by a sequential metal-centred elimination-insertion-elimination mechanism.
Reactions of anilidoimine magnesium n-butyl and calcium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide derivatives with Me2NH·BH3 at 25 °C resulted in the isolation of complexes containing [NMe2BH2NMe2BH3](-) and [NMe2BH3](-) anions respectively. Although onward reaction of the calcium species at 30 °C with a further equivalent of Me2NH·BH3 provided ca. 90% conversion of the(More)
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