Synthesis and the Thermal and Catalytic Dehydrogenation Reactions of Amine-Thioboranes

Alasdair P M Robertson, Mairi F Haddow, Ian Manners

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A series of trimethylamine-thioborane adducts, Me(3)N·BH(2)SR (R = tBu [2a], nBu [2b], iPr [2c], Ph [2d], C(6)F(5) [2e]) have been prepared and characterized. Attempts to access secondary and primary amine adducts of thioboranes via amine-exchange reactions involving these species proved unsuccessful, with the thiolate moiety shown to be vulnerable to displacement by free amine. However, treatment of the arylthioboranes, [BH(2)-SPh](3) (9) and C(6)F(5)SBH(2)·SMe(2) (10) with Me(2)NH and iPr(2)NH successfully yielded the adducts Me(2)NH·BH(2)SR (R = Ph [11a], C(6)F(5) [12a]) and iPr(2)NH·BH(2)SR (R = Ph [11b], C(6)F(5) [12b]) in high yield. These adducts were also shown to be accessible via thermally induced hydrothiolation of the aminoboranes Me(2)N═BH(2), derived from the cyclic dimer [Me(2)N-BH(2)](2) (13), and iPr(2)N═BH(2) (14), respectively. Attempts to prepare the aliphatic thiolate substituted adducts R(2)NH·BH(2)SR' (R = Me, iPr; R' = tBu, nBu, iPr) via this method, however, proved unsuccessful, with the temperatures required to facilitate hydrothiolation also inducing thermal dehydrogenation of the amine-thioborane products to form aminothioboranes, R(2)N═BH(SR'). Thermal and catalytic dehydrogenation of the targeted amine-thioboranes, 11a/11b and 12a/12b were also investigated. Adducts 11b and 12b were cleanly dehydrogenated to yield iPr(2)N═BH(SPh) (22) and iPr(2)N═BH(SC(6)F(5)) (23), respectively, at 100 °C (18 h, toluene), with dehydrogenation also possible at 20 °C (42 h, toluene) with a 2 mol % loading of [Rh(μ-Cl)cod](2) in the case of the former species. Similar studies with adduct 11a evidenced a competitive elimination of H(2) and HSPh upon thermolysis, and other complex reactivity under catalytic conditions, whereas the fluorinated analogue 12a was found to be resistant to dehydrogenation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8254
Number of pages8264
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2012


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