Small molecule activation by frustrated Lewis pairs

Alastair L. Travis, Samantha C. Binding, Hasna Zaher, Thomas A Q Arnold, Jean Charles Buffet, Dermot O'Hare*

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A series of frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) based on the Lewis acids tris(perchloroaryl)borane (BArCl), and tris(2,2′, 2′′-perfluorobiphenyl)borane (PBB) and trialkylphosphines were prepared; their ability to effect the heterolytic cleavage of dihydrogen, insert carbon dioxide into the borohydride, and reduce the resulting formatoborate to methanol were studied. Additionally, the insertion of CO2 into a B-OH bond is explored with the ultimate aim of developing a homogeneous, catalytic preparation of carbonates. The compound [PBB-OH][H-P(tBu) 3] was characterised by single crystal X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2431-2437
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2013

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