Combinations of Ethers and B(C6F5)3 Function as Hydrogenation Catalysts


  • D.W.S. gratefully acknowledges financial support of the NSERC of Canada and the award of a Canada Research Chair, and S.G. acknowledges support from the DFG (FOR1175).


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It works ether way: Labile adducts of dialkyl ethers with the electrophilic borane B(C6F5)3 are shown to scramble HD to H2 and D2 and catalyze the hydrogenation of 1,1-diphenylethylene.