Diborane heterolysis and P(v) reduction by Ph 3P=O coordination to magnesium

Michael Hill, Anne-Frederique Pecharman, Mary Mahon, Claire McMullin, Nasir Rajabi

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Reaction of a magnesium diboranate complex with triphenylphosphine oxide provides a terminal magnesium boryl, which is itself a potent reagent for the deoxygenative reduction of Ph 3PO. Computational analysis with density functional theory (DFT) indicates that B-B bond activation results from initial coordination of the P=O bond of the phosphine oxide to magnesium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9035 - 9038
Number of pages4
JournalChemical communications (Cambridge, England)
Issue number61
Early online date4 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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