Metal-Free HB(C6F5)2-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Unfunctionalized Olefins and Mechanism Study of Borane-Mediated σ-Bond Metathesis

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  • Yuwen Wang,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Weiqiang Chen,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Zhenpin Lu,

    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
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  • Prof. Zhen Hua Li,

    Corresponding author
    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
    • Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
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  • Prof. Huadong Wang

    Corresponding author
    1. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
    • Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433 (China)
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  • Financial support from the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee (10ZR1404200, Shanghai Rising-Star Program), Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project (B108), the National Nature Science Foundation of China (21102018, 21273042), and the National Basic Research Program of China (2011CB808505) is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

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Out with the metal: Metal-free hydrogenation of unfunctionalized olefins can be achieved by employing HB(C6F5)2 as the catalyst. The key step in the catalytic reaction is believed to involve a novel borane-mediated σ-bond metathesis, which has been investigated both experimentally and theoretically.

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