Catching the First Oligomerization Event in the Catalytic Formation of Polyaminoboranes: H3B center dot NMeHBH2 center dot NMeH2 Bound to Iridium

Heather C. Johnson, Alasdair P. M. Robertson, Adrian B. Chaplin, Laura J. Sewell, Amber L. Thompson, Mairi F. Haddow, Ian Manners, Andrew S. Weller

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We report the first insertion step at a metal center for the catalytic dehydropolymerization of H3B center dot NMeH2 to form the simplest oligomeric species, H3B center dot NMeHBH2 center dot NMeH2, by the addition of 1 equiv of H3B center dot NMeH2 to [Ir(PCy3)(2)(H)(2)(eta(2)-H3B center dot NMeH2)] [BAr4F] to give [Ir(PCy3)(2)(H)(2)(eta(2)-H3B center dot NMeHBH2 center dot NMeH2)] [BAr4F]. This reaction is also catalytic for the formation of the free linear diborazane, but this is best obtained by an alternative stoichiometric synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11076-11079
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2011

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