Bis(pentafluorophenyl)phenothiazylborane – an intramolecular frustrated Lewis pair catalyst for stannane dehydrocoupling†
We synthesized a novel Lewis acidic aminoborane containing a phenothiazyl substituent and demonstrated its potential to catalytically promote the dehydrocoupling of tin hydrides. The observed reactivity would imply a homolytic frustrated Lewis pair type mechanism, however computational analysis suggests a heterolytic mechanism for this reaction. This result represents one of the first frustrated Lewis pair systems to dehydrocouple stannanes in a heterolytic fashion.
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