Special Issue "Recent Advances in Boron Chemistry"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organic Synthesis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. John Spencer
Department of Chemistry School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9QJ, UK
Website: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/spencerlab/
E-Mail: J.Spencer@sussex.ac.uk
Phone: +44 0 1273 877 374
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Interests: parallel synthesis, chemical probe generation, microwave chemistry, boron and palladium chemistry, medicinal chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Boron chemistry is very important in both an academic and technological sense. There has been a huge investment in materials science and inorganic chemistry behind boron and, consequently, it has applications in everyday use in, e.g., bleaches, glasses, detergents, abrasives, magnets, etc. Notably, the synthetic organic chemistry of boron is extensive, for example:

  • Suzuki-Miyaura couplings are powerful C-C bond forming reactions vital in organic and medicinal chemistry;
  • C-H activation chemistry combines atom economical borylations with a number of potential in situ modifications;
  • Matteson homologations are essential for the synthesis of a number of chiral boron compounds, especially ones with good biological activity

not to mention, but not limited to, hydroborylation chemistry, Chan-Lam couplings, MIDA chemistry, Lewis Acid mediated reactions. Boron plays an increasingly important role in chemical biology, medicinal chemistry and in Nature, e.g., AI-2 and boromycin. One can think of sensors, boron neutron capture therapy and small-molecule boron-based drugs such as oxaboroles and Velcade, a marketed boronic acid, used for cancer therapy.

It is for these reasons that you are cordially invited to participate in this special edition dedicated to boron chemistry. Contributions in organic synthesis, sensors, medicinal, natural products, materials science and inorganic chemistry of boron are invited.

Dr. John Spencer
Guest Editor


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  • boron in organic synthesis
  • Suzuki couplings
  • boron-based druglike molecules
  • organoboron chemistry
  • boron-based sensors
  • boron-based Lewis Acid chemistry

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p. 6153-6166
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Molecules 2015, 20(4), 6153-6166; doi:10.3390/molecules20046153
Received: 10 March 2015 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 1 April 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
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Molecules 2015, 20(3), 4530-4547; doi:10.3390/molecules20034530
Received: 8 February 2015 / Revised: 17 February 2015 / Accepted: 28 February 2015 / Published: 12 March 2015
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Molecules 2014, 19(12), 21324-21334; doi:10.3390/molecules191221324
Received: 13 November 2014 / Revised: 5 December 2014 / Accepted: 11 December 2014 / Published: 18 December 2014
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