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Alkene–Carbene Isomerization induced by Borane: Access to an Asymmetrical Diborene

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posted on 23.03.2017, 00:00 by Wei Lu, Yongxin Li, Rakesh Ganguly, Rei Kinjo
A 2,3-dihydro-1H-1,2-azaborole derivative 2 was converted to a cyclic (alkyl) (amino)­carbene (cAAC) via 1,2-hydrogen migration triggered by boranes to afford cAAC-borane adducts. This procedure allowed us to develop an asymmetrical diborene cAAC·(Br)­BB­(Br)·IDip 6, which was isolated and fully characterized. The 11B NMR spectrum, X-ray diffraction analysis and computational studies indicate that π-electrons on the central B2 moiety in 6 are unequivalently distributed, and thus polarized. A complete scission of the BB double bond in 6 was achieved by the treatment with an isonitrile, which led to the formation of a base-stabilized B,N-containing methylenecyclopropane 7.