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Keywords:

  • alkenes;
  • aminoboranes;
  • dehydrogenation;
  • iridium;
  • rhodium
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Side-on or end-on? Rhodium and iridium complexes featuring aminoboranes (R2N[DOUBLE BOND]BH2) as ligands have been synthesized and structurally characterized. Crystallographic measurements show that the ligands—in contrast to isoelectronic alkene donors—bind in an end-on fashion through a bis(σ-borane) binding motif (see structure).