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Pushing the Ir-Catalyzed C–H Polyborylation of Aromatic Compounds to Maximum Capacity by Exploiting Reversibility

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posted on 19.09.2012 by Maria N. Eliseeva, Lawrence T. Scott
Small amounts of base (e.g., 10% potassium t-butoxide or sodium methoxide) have been found to promote equilibration of the kinetically favored products from Ir-catalyzed C–H polyborylations of aromatic compounds. In the presence of excess borylating agent, bis­(pinacolato)­diborane (B2pin2), repetitive deborylation/reborylations reposition the Bpin substituents until a pattern that accommodates the maximum number of Bpin substituents is achieved. A high-yield, one-step synthesis of 1,3,5,7,9-pentakis­(Bpin)­corannulene is reported that illustrates this useful extension of the Ir-catalyzed borylation reaction.