Coordination and Activation of the BF Molecule

Dragoslav Vidovic, Simon Aldridge

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No CO: Fluoroborylene (BF), isoelectronic with CO and N2, can be trapped by a transition metal. The structurally characterized complex [{CpRu(CO)2}2(μ - BF)] contains an unsupported bridging BF ligand, which is unprecedented in the structural chemistry of CO. With AlCl3 , metal-bound CO coordinates through the O atom without bond rupture, while the more polar and less π-bonded BF ligand is heterolytically cleaved (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3669-3672
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Boron
  • Borylene ligands
  • Halide abstraction
  • Lewis acids
  • Ruthenium

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