Diboryldiborenes: π‐Conjugated B4 Chains Isoelectronic to the Butadiene Dication

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  • Authors:
  • Alexander Hermann
  • Jessica Cid
  • James D. Mattock
  • Rian D. Dewhurst
  • Ivo Krummenacher
  • And 3 others
  • External authors:
  • Alfredo Vargas
  • Michael Ingleson
  • Holger Braunschweig


sp2‐sp3 diborane species based on bis(catecholato)diboron and N‐heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) are subjected to catechol/bromide exchange selectively at the sp3 boron atom. The reduction of the resulting 1,1‐dibromodiborane adducts led to reductive coupling and isolation of doubly NHC‐stabilized 1,2‐diboryldiborenes. These compounds are the first examples of molecules exhibiting π‐electron delocalization over an all‐boron chain.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number32
Early online date13 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2018