Scope and mechanism of nitrile dihydroboration mediated by a β-diketiminate manganese hydride catalyst

Thao T. Nguyen, Jun Hyeong Kim, Suyeon Kim, Changjin Oh, Marco Flores, Thomas L. Groy, Mu Hyun Baik, Ryan J. Trovitch

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The manganese hydride dimer, [(2,6-iPr2PhBDI)Mn(μ-H)]2, was found to mediate nitrile dihydroboration, rendering it the first manganese catalyst for this transformation. Stoichiometric experiments revealed that benzonitrile insertion affords [(2,6-iPr2PhBDI)Mn(μ-NCHC6H5)]2 en route to N,N-diborylamine formation. Density functional theory calculations reveal the precise mechanism and demonstrate that catalysis is promoted by monomeric species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3959-3962
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2020


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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