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Catalytic Generation of Borenium Ions by Cooperative B–H Bond Activation: The Elusive Direct Electrophilic Borylation of Nitrogen Heterocycles with Pinacolborane

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posted on 31.07.2013, 00:00 by Timo Stahl, Kristine Müther, Yasuhiro Ohki, Kazuyuki Tatsumi, Martin Oestreich
The B–H bond of typical boranes is heterolytically split by the polar Ru–S bond of a tethered ruthenium­(II) thiolate complex, affording a ruthenium­(II) hydride and borenium ions with a dative interaction with the sulfur atom. These stable adducts were spectroscopically characterized, and in one case, the B–H bond activation step was crystallographically verified, a snapshot of the σ-bond metathesis. The borenium ions derived from 9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]­nonane dimer [(9-BBN)2], pinacolborane (pinBH), and catecholborane (catBH) allowed for electrophilic aromatic substitution of indoles. The unprecedented electrophilic borylation with the pinB cation was further elaborated for various nitrogen heterocycles.