Wood protection properties of quaternary ammonium arylspiroborate esters derived from naphthalene 2,3-diol, 2,2-biphenol and 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid

Jenny M Carr, Peter J Duggan, David G Humphrey, James A Platts, Edward Malcolm Tyndall

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In continuation of a program aimed at developing a boron-based, high performing and environmentally benign wood preservative suitable for outdoor use, three lipophilic tetra-n-butylammonium spiroborates, tetra-n-butylammonium bis[naphthalene-2,3-diolato(2-)-O,O borate 4, tetra-n-butylammonium bis[2,2 -biphenolato(2-)-O,O borate 5 and tetra-n-butylammonium bis[3-hydroxy-2-naphthoato(2-)-O,O borate 6 were prepared and tested. The higher molecular weight and lipophilicity of these borates compared with related borates previously examined correlates, in the case of 5 and 6, with significantly enhanced leach resistance while termiticidal activity has been maintained. The racemic spiroborate derived from 2,2 -biphenol 5, in particular, appears to be close to an optimum balance between ease of synthesis, solubility, hydrolytic stability and termiticidal activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1423 - 1429
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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