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Boron Insertion into the N≡N Bond of a Tungsten Dinitrogen Complex

Haufe, Lisa C, Endres, Lukas, Arrowsmith, Merle, Bertermann, Rüdiger, Dietz, Maximilian, Fantuzzi, Felipe, Finze, Maik, Braunschweig, Holger (2023) Boron Insertion into the N≡N Bond of a Tungsten Dinitrogen Complex. Journal of the American Chemical Society, . ISSN 0002-7863. (doi:10.1021/jacs.3c06259) (KAR id:103443)


The 1,3-addition of 1,2-diaryl-1,2-dibromodiboranes (B2Br2Ar2) to trans-[W(N2)2(dppe)2] (dppe = κ2-(Ph2PCH2)2), which is accompanied by a Br–Ar substituent exchange between the two boron atoms, is followed by a spontaneous rearrangement of the resulting tungsten diboranyldiazenido complex to a 2-aza-1,3-diboraallenylimido complex displaying a linear, cumulenic B=N=B moiety. This rearrangement involves the splitting of both the B–B and N=N bonds of the N2B2 ligand, formal insertion of a BAr boranediyl moiety into the N=N bond, and coordination of the remaining BArBr boryl moiety to the terminal nitrogen atom. Density functional theory calculations show that the reaction proceeds via a cyclic NB2 intermediate, followed by dissociation into a tungsten nitrido complex and a linear boryliminoborane, which recombine by adduct formation between the nitrido ligand and the electron-deficient iminoborane boron atom. The linear B=N=B moiety also undergoes facile 1,2-addition of Brønsted acids (HY = HOPh, HSPh, and H2NPh) with concomitant Y–Br substituent exchange at the terminal boron atom, yielding cationic (borylamino)borylimido tungsten complexes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1021/jacs.3c06259
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Chemistry and Forensics
Funders: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (
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Depositing User: Felipe Fantuzzi
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2024 11:09 UTC
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