Rhodium(I)-catalyzed borylation of nitriles through the cleavage of carbon-cyano bonds.

The reaction of aryl cyanides with diboron in the presence of a rhodium/Xantphos catalyst and DABCO affords arylboronic esters via carbon-cyano bond cleavage. This unprecedented mode of reactivity for a borylrhodium species allows the regioselective introduction of a boryl group in a late stage of synthesis.