Dehydrogenative boron homocoupling of an amine-borane

Heather C. Johnson, Claire L. McMullin, Sebastian D. Pike, Stuart A. Macgregor*, Andrew S. Weller

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A meeting of borons: The homocoupling of a B-B bond in an amine-borane is reported to give a diborane coordinated to a RhI metal center (see picture; C gray/black, O red, P blue, B green, N orange). The pathway for the occurrence of this reaction was also studied using density functional theory to calculate the free energies of each intermediate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9776-9780
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2013


  • amine-borane
  • boron homocoupling
  • dehydrogenative coupling
  • rhodium
  • X-ray diffraction


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