One, two, three, four: A copper(I)–phosphine complex catalyzes the diborylation of alkynes and arynes, and the tri- or tetraborylation of propargyl ethers (see scheme; pin=pinacolato). In the latter cases, the CO bond(s) as well as the CC bond are borylated in one pot. Furthermore, a diborylation product serves as an intermediate in the efficient synthesis of ortho-terphenyls with pharmacological activity.
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