Abstract / Description of output
Olefin hydroboration reactions provide efficient access to synthetically versatile and easily handled organoboronic esters. In this study, we demonstrate that the commercially available organoborane reagent 9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane (H-B-9-BBN) can serve as a catalyst for the sequential double hydroboration of alkynes using pinacolborane (HBpin). This strategy, which is effective for a wide range of terminal alkynes, is predicated upon a key C(sp3)−B/B–H transborylation reaction. Transition-state thermodynamic parameters and 10-boron-isotopic labeling experiments are indicative of a σ-bond metathesis exchange pathway.