Controlled homocatenation of boron on a transition metal

Braunschweig, Holger, Ye, Qing, Vargas, Alfredo, Dewhurst, Rian D, Radacki, Krzysztof and Damme, Alexander (2012) Controlled homocatenation of boron on a transition metal. Nature Chemistry, 4. pp. 563-567. ISSN 1755-4330

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Only a handful of elements are able to be controllably homocatenated (that is, to be formed into one- or two-dimensional chains or rings of the element), because most have weak element–element bonds. Boron forms strong B–B bonds, but its favourable cluster formation makes homocatenation very difficult. Recently, the coupling of borylene (:BR) ligands on a metal was predicted computationally. We have brought this prediction to fruition experimentally, and extended it by adding two further borylene units, stepwise forming a B4 chain bound to a metal under mild conditions. This complex is a useful model for understanding the metal–boron interactions required to promote transition of the boron atoms from borylene ligands to oligoborane networks bound side-on. The concept shows great promise for the controlled construction of one-dimensional boron chains.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 09:41
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