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Molecules 2018, 23(12), 3099;

Exploiting the Electronic Tuneability of Carboranes as Supports for Frustrated Lewis Pairs

Institute of Chemical Sciences, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland EH14 4AS, UK
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Academic Editor: Piotr Kaszyński
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 22 November 2018 / Accepted: 23 November 2018 / Published: 27 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Materials Derived from Polyhedral Boron Clusters)
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The first example of a carborane with a catecholborolyl substituent, [1-Bcat-2-Ph-closo-1,2-C2B10H10] (1), has been prepared and characterized and shown to act as the Lewis acid component of an intermolecular frustrated Lewis pair in catalyzing a Michael addition. In combination with B(C6F5)3 the C-carboranylphosphine [1-PPh2-closo-1,2-C2B10H11] (IVa) is found to be comparable with PPh2(C6F5) in its ability to catalyze hydrosilylation, whilst the more strongly basic B-carboranylphosphine [9-PPh2-closo-1,7-C2B10H11] (V) is less effective and the very weakly basic species [μ-2,2′-PPh-{1-(1′-1′,2′-closo-C2B10H10)-1,2-closo-C2B10H10}] (IX) is completely ineffective. Base strengths are rank-ordered via measurement of the 1J 31P-77Se coupling constants of the phosphineselenides [1-SePPh2-closo-1,2-C2B10H11] (2), [9-SePPh2-closo-1,7-C2B10H11] (3), and [SePPh2(C6F5)] (4). View Full-Text
Keywords: carborane; phosphine; frustrated Lewis pair; catalysis carborane; phosphine; frustrated Lewis pair; catalysis

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Benton, A.; Copeland, Z.; M. Mansell, S.; M. Rosair, G.; Welch, A.J. Exploiting the Electronic Tuneability of Carboranes as Supports for Frustrated Lewis Pairs. Molecules 2018, 23, 3099.

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