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Push and pull: the potential role of boron in N2 activation

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Abstract

Recent developments in main group chemistry towards the activation and conversion of N2 have lead to the revelation that boron can greatly affect these processes. Boron is capable of acting both as a borane Lewis acid to activate metal–N2 complexes and as an ambiphilic borylene able to activate free N2. The latter example is capable of both accepting and donating electron density in a manner reminiscent of transition metal systems containing both filled and empty d-orbitals.

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The article was received on 26 Mar 2018, accepted on 18 Apr 2018 and first published on 19 Apr 2018


Article type: Frontier
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01168K
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 10377-10381
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    Push and pull: the potential role of boron in N2 activation

    A. J. Ruddy, D. M. C. Ould, P. D. Newman and R. L. Melen, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 10377
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT01168K

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