Encapsulating Inorganic Acetylene, HBNH, Using Flanking Coordinative Interactions

Anindya K. Swarnakar, Christian Hering-Junghans, Koichi Nagata, Michael J. Ferguson, Robert McDonald, Norihiro Tokitoh, Eric Rivard

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A stable donor-acceptor coordination complex of the elusive parent inorganic iminoborane HBNH (a structural analogue of acetylene) is reported. This species was generated via thermally induced N2 elimination/1,2-H migration from a hydrido(azido)borane adduct NHC·BH2N3 (NHC=N-heterocyclic carbene) in the presence of a fluorinated triarylborane. The mechanism of this process was also investigated by computational and isotopic labeling studies. This transformation represents a new and potentially modular route to unsaturated inorganic building blocks for advanced material synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10666-10669
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes


  • boron
  • carbenes
  • donor-acceptor systems
  • multiple bonds
  • nitrogen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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