B-Mercaptocarboranes: A New Synthetic Route

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Abstract

A novel route for synthesis of B-mercaptocarboranes is described. The reaction proceeds through Pd-catalyzed iodine exchange with the sulfur nucleophile TIPS–SH in mono- and diiodinated ortho-, meta-, and para-carboranes. Self-assembled monolayers of selected B-mercaptocarboranes on a gold surface were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and their water contact angles were assessed.

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