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Keywords:

  • boron;
  • borylene ligands;
  • hydrogen transfer;
  • imines;
  • iron
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It's all new to B: In the reaction of borylene complex 1 with benzophenone, a Meerwein–Ponndorf β-hydride transfer from the aminoborylene ligand to the coordinated ketone generates 2 (see structure), the first example of an imine-donor-stabilized borylene complex, and the first cationic alkoxyborylene system.