Reaction between rhodium(III) bisboryls and diborane(4) compounds: Evidence for a σ-bond metathesis process

Todd B. Marder, Nicholas C. Norman, Craig R. Rice, Edward G. Robins

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The rhodium bis(boryl) complex [RhCl(PPh3)2{B(cat)}2] (cat = 1,2-O2C6H4) reacts with the diborane(4) compounds B2(O2R)2 {O2R = 1,2-O2C6H3Me-4, 1,2-O2C6H2But 2-3,5 and dimethyl-L-tartrate [OCH(CO2Me)CH(CO2Me)O]} affording unsymmetrical metal bis(boryls) [RhCl(PPh3)2{B(cat)}-{B(O2R)}] and diborane(4) compounds (cat)B-B(O2R), one possible mechanism for which involves σ-bond metathesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-54
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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