Synthesis and reactions of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes.

@article{Curran2011SynthesisAR,
  title={Synthesis and reactions of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes.},
  author={Dennis P Curran and Andrey Solovyev and Malika Makhlouf Brahmi and Louis Fensterbank and Max Malacria and Emmanuel Lac{\^o}te},
  journal={Angewandte Chemie},
  year={2011},
  volume={50 44},
  pages={10294-317}
}
Boranes are widely used Lewis acids and N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) are popular Lewis bases, so it is remarkable how little was known about their derived complexes until recently. NHC-boranes are typically readily accessible and many are so stable that they can be treated like organic compounds rather than complexes. They do not exhibit "borane chemistry", but instead are proving to have a rich chemistry of their own as reactants, as reagents, as initiators, and as catalysts. They have… CONTINUE READING
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