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Transition metals as Lewis bases: “Z-type” boron ligands and metal-to-boron dative bonding

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Abstract

While the vast majority of inorganic chemistry involves electron donation from main-group atoms to metals, an intriguing yet flip-side exists: where Lewis-basic metals donate electron density to Lewis-acidic main-group atoms (most often boron). These so-called “Z-type” ligands, along with other less clear-cut complexes, are examples of this metal-ligand role reversal. This perspective article offers an introduction to metal-to-boron dative bonding, and attempts to correlate spectroscopic and structural data from the complexes..

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The article was received on 07 Sep 2010, accepted on 29 Oct 2010 and first published on 29 Nov 2010


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01181A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 549-558
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    Transition metals as Lewis bases: “Z-type” boron ligands and metal-to-boron dative bonding

    H. Braunschweig and R. D. Dewhurst, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 549
    DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01181A

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