Anion recognition by highly sterically encumbered 1,2-diborylferrocenes

Ian R. Morgan, Alexander E.J. Broomsgrove, Philip Fitzpatrick, Dragoslav Vidovic, Amber L. Thompson, Ian A. Fallis, Simon Aldridge

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The syntheses and structural characterization of sterically encumbered 1,2-diborylferrocenes are reported, together with an investigation of their anion recognition capabilities with respect to fluoride and cyanide. Surprisingly, 1,2-fc(BMes2)2 is found to be highly selective for CN-, with the uptake of F- being shown to be not only thermodynamically less favorable but also kinetically much slower.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4762-4765
Number of pages4
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

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