Role of catechol in the radical reduction of B-alkylcatecholboranes in presence of methanol

Guillaume Povie, Giorgio Villa, Leigh Ford, Davide Pozzi, Carl Herbert Schiesser, Philippe Renaud

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Mechanistic investigations on the previously reported reduction of B-alkylcatecholboranes in the presence of methanol led to the disclosure of a new mechanism involving catechol as a reducing agent. More than just revising the mechanism of this reaction, we disclose here the surprising role of catechol, a chain breaking antioxidant, which becomes a source of hydrogen atoms in an efficient radical chain process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-805
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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