Boryl-Based Pincer Systems: New Avenues in Boron Chemistry


  • Financial support from the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research-Chemical Sciences (NWO-CW) through a VENI Research Innovation Grant is gratefully acknowledged. Prof. Joost Reek is thanked for continuous support.


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To B or not to B? Incorporation of BH into tridentate ligands has recently allowed the isolation of the first boryl-based pincer complexes. Functionalized diaminoborane and m-carbaborane (see picture) form Ir and Pd complexes, respectively. Novel reactivity, including in catalysis, is expected to result from the M[BOND]boryl bond and electronic communication with the specific ligand framework.