Selective reduction of CO2 to a methanol equivalent by B(C6F5)3-activated alkaline earth catalysis

M.D. Anker, M. Arrowsmith, P. Bellham, M.S. Hill, G. Kociok-Köhn, D.J. Liptrot, M.F. Mahon, C. Weetman

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Treatment of β-diketiminato Mg and Ca amidoborane compounds with B(CF) induces hydride elimination and formation of alkaline earth hydrido-tris(pentafluorophenyl)borate derivatives. Both species react with CO to provide formate complexes, one of which has been structurally characterised, and may be applied to the highly selective reductive hydroboration of CO with pinacolborane (HBpin) to provide the methanol equivalent, CHOBpin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2826-2830
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Science
Issue number7
Early online date24 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


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