Extending the chain: Synthetic, structural, and reaction chemistry of a BN allenylidene analogue

Jochen Niemeyer, David A. Addy, Ian Riddlestone, Michael Kelly, Amber L. Thompson, Dragoslav Vidovic, Simon Aldridge

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α versus γ: [CpFe(CO)(PCy3)(BNCMes 2)]+, synthesized by halide abstraction, represents the first example of a BN allenylidene analogue, and features an unsaturated MBNC π system. Although DFT calculations show significant LUMO amplitude at the γ (carbon) position, primary reactivity towards nucleophiles occurs at the sterically less hindered α (boron) center.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8908-8911
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • allenylidenes
  • boron ligands
  • borylene
  • halide abstraction
  • iron

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