Evaluation of Cobalt Complexes Bearing Tridentate Pincer Ligands for Catalytic C-H Borylation

Brian A. Schaefer, Grant W. Margulieux, Brooke L. Small, Paul J. Chirik

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Cobalt(II) dichloride complexes supported by a variety of neutral, tridentate pincer ligands have been prepared and, following in situ activation with NaBEt3H, evaluated for the catalytic borylation of 2-methylfuran, 2,6-lutidine, and benzene using both HBPin and B2Pin2 (Pin = pinacolate) as boron sources. Preparation of well-defined organometallic compounds in combination with stoichiometric experiments with HBPin and B2Pin2 provided insight into the nature and kinetic stability of the catalytically relevant species. In cases where sufficiently electron donating pincers are present, such as with bis(phosphino)pyridine chelates, Co(III) resting states are preferred and catalytic C-H borylation is efficient. Introduction of a redox-active subunit into the pincer reduces its donating ability and, as a consequence, the accessibility of a Co(III) resting state. In these cases, unusual mixed-valent μ-hydride cobalt complexes have been crystallographically and spectroscopically characterized. These studies have also shed light on the active species formed during in situ activated cobalt alkene hydroboration catalysis and provide important design criteria in base metal catalyzed C-B bond forming reactions. (Chemical Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1307-1320
Number of pages14
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 13 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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