"inverse" Frustrated Lewis Pairs - Activation of Dihydrogen with Organosuperbases and Moderate to Weak Lewis Acids

Suresh Mummadi, Daniel K. Unruh, Jiyang Zhao, Shuhua Li, Clemens Krempner

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Abstract

A new approach to intermolecular frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs) that combines readily available bulky organosuperbases with moderate to weak boron-containing Lewis acids is reported. These so-called "inverse" FLPs are demonstrated to heterolytically cleave dihydrogen, allowing for the isolation and structural characterization of various phosphonium borohydride salts; two FLPs proved to be efficient catalyst's in the metal-free hydrogenation of N-benzylidenaniline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3286-3289
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume138
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2016

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