Haloboration: scope, mechanism and utility

Sven Kirschner, Kang Yuan, Michael J. Ingleson

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Haloboration, the addition of B–X (X = Cl, Br, I) across an unsaturated moiety e.g., C[double bond, length as m-dash]Y or C[triple bond, length as m-dash]Y (Y = C, N, etc.), is dramatically less utilised than the ubiquitous hydroboration reaction. However, haloboration of alkynes in particular is a useful tool to access ambiphilic 1,2-disubstituted alkenes. The stereochemical outcome of the reaction is easily controlled and the resulting products have proven to be valuable building blocks in organic synthesis and materials chemistry. This review aims at providing the reader with a brief summary of the historic development and of the current mechanistic understanding of this transformation. Recent developments are discussed and select examples demonstrating the use of haloboration products are given with a focus on the major areas, specifically, natural product synthesis and the development of boron-doped polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (B-PAHs).
Original languageEnglish
JournalNew journal of chemistry
Early online date8 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2020


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