A potassium diboryllithate (B2LiK) was synthesized and structurally characterized. DFT calculations, including NPA and AIM analyses of B2LiK, revealed ionic interactions between the two bridging boryl anions and Li+and K+. Upon standing in benzene, B2LiK deprotonated the solvent to form a hydroborane and a phenylborane. On the basis of DFT calculations, a detailed reaction mechanism, involving deprotonation and hydride/phenyl exchange processes, is proposed. An NBO analysis of the transition state for the deprotonation of benzene suggests that the deprotonation should be induced by the coordination of benzene to the K+.
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