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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2013 Jul 15;52(29):7496-9. doi: 10.1002/anie.201303500. Epub 2013 Jun 18.

Metal-free HB(C6F5)2-catalyzed hydrogenation of unfunctionalized olefins and mechanism study of borane-mediated σ-bond metathesis.

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  • 1Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Material, Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433, China.


Out with the metal: Metal-free hydrogenation of unfunctionalized olefins can be achieved by employing HB(C6F5)2 as the catalyst. The key step in the catalytic reaction is believed to involve a novel borane-mediated σ-bond metathesis, which has been investigated both experimentally and theoretically.

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alkenes; boron; hydrogenation; metathesis; synthetic methods

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