Structural Elucidation of Silver(I) Amides and Their Application as Catalysts in the Hydrosilylation and Hydroboration of Carbonyls

Samantha A. Orr, John A. Kelly, Aaron J. Boutland, Victoria L. Blair

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This study details the isolation and characterisation of three novel silver(I) amides in solution and solid-state, [Ag(Cy3P)(HMDS)] 2, [Ag(Cy3P){N(TMS)(Dipp)}] 3 and [Ag(Cy3P)2(NPh2)] 4. Their catalytic abilities have proved successful in hydroboration and hydrosilylation reactions with a full investigation performed with complex 2. Both protocols proceed under mild conditions, displaying exceptional functional-group tolerance and chemoselectivity, in excellent conversions at competitive reaction times. This work reveals the first catalytic hydroboration of aldehydes and ketones performed by a silver(I) catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4947-4951
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2020


  • amides
  • hydroboration
  • hydrosilylation
  • silver
  • solid state

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