Approaching a “Naked” Boryl Anion: Amide Metathesis as a Route to Calcium, Strontium, and Potassium Boryl Complexes

Andrey V. Protchenko, Petra Vasko, M. Ángeles Fuentes, Jamie Hicks, Dragoslav Vidovic, Simon Aldridge

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Amide metathesis has been used to generate the first structurally characterized boryl complexes of calcium and strontium, {(Me3Si)2N}M{B(NDippCH)2}(thf)n (M=Ca, n=2; M=Sr, n=3), through the reactions of the corresponding bis(amides), M{N(SiMe3)2}2(thf)2, with (thf)2Li- {B(NDippCH)2}. Most notably, this approach can also be applied to the analogous potassium amide K{N(SiMe3)2}, leading to the formation of the solvent-free borylpotassium dimer [K{B(NDippCH)2}]2, which is stable in the solid state at room temperature for extended periods (48 h). A dimeric structure has been determined crystallographically in which the K+ cations interact weakly with both the ipso-carbons of the flanking Dipp groups and the boron centres of the diazaborolyl heterocycles, with K⋅⋅⋅B distances of >3.1 Å. These structural features, together with atoms in molecules (QTAIM) calculations imply that the boron-containing fragment closely approaches a limiting description as a “free” boryl anion in the condensed phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2064-2068
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • atoms in molecules
  • boron
  • boryl
  • s-block chemistry
  • structural studies

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