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Keywords:

  • acetylene;
  • boron;
  • boron heterocycles;
  • cyclization;
  • rhodium
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Completing the set: Although 1,2-azaborine is known, little is known about the 1,3- and 1,4-analogues. Now a simple, controlled synthesis of 1,2-di-tert-butyl-1,2-azaborine from acetylene and di-tert-butyliminoborane has been achieved by a metal-mediated formal [2+2+2] cycloaddition reaction. A 1,2-azaborete pianostool complex was identified as an reaction intermediate.