Themed collection Boron & Beyond - in celebration of Todd Marder

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Editorial

Boron and beyond: celebrating Todd B. Marder's contributions to chemistry

Highlighting the remarkable impact that Prof. Marder's research has made in science.

Graphical abstract: Boron and beyond: celebrating Todd B. Marder's contributions to chemistry
Perspective

Boronic-acid-derived covalent organic frameworks: from synthesis to applications

Modular, well-defined, and robust hierarchical functional materials are targets of numerous synthesis endeavors.

Graphical abstract: Boronic-acid-derived covalent organic frameworks: from synthesis to applications
From the themed collection: 2021 Focus and Perspective articles
Perspective

Iridium-catalysed borylation of pyrene – a powerful route to novel optoelectronic materials

We summarized the Ir-catalysed borylation of PAHs, especially pyrene, and the optoelectronic materials generated by following this chemistry. The optoelectronic properties of pyrene derivatives have also been discussed.

Graphical abstract: Iridium-catalysed borylation of pyrene – a powerful route to novel optoelectronic materials
From the themed collection: 2021 Focus and Perspective articles
Open Access Perspective

Haloboration: scope, mechanism and utility

Haloboration is a mostly overlooked technique, yet it is a powerful way of transforming alkynes stereoselectively into difunctionalised ambiphilic alkenes, which readily undergo a plethora of highly useful subsequent reactions.

Graphical abstract: Haloboration: scope, mechanism and utility
Perspective

Recent advances in the synthesis and transformation of gem-borylsilylalkanes

gem-Borylsilylalkanes have emerged as powerful reagents and attracted increasing attention in synthetic chemistry. This review summarizes the recent development in the synthesis of gem-borylsilylalkanes and their chemoselective transformation

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in the synthesis and transformation of gem-borylsilylalkanes
Communication

The hydroboration of α-diimines

The uncatalyzed addition of catecholborane to α-diimines has been examined.

Graphical abstract: The hydroboration of α-diimines
Communication

Bifuran-bridged bisboranes: highly luminescent B-doped oligohetarenes

Boron-doping of oligohetarenes – via classical metathesis or silicon/boron exchange routes – led to strongly luminescent and twofold reversibly reducible oligomers.

Graphical abstract: Bifuran-bridged bisboranes: highly luminescent B-doped oligohetarenes
Communication

A new family of silver(I) complexes stabilised by the phosphanylborane (C6H5)2PBH2·N(CH3)3

By the reaction of the phosphanylborane Ph2PBH2·NMe3 with Ag[FAl{OC6F10(C6F5)}3] or Ag[BF4] first Ag(I) coordination compounds stabilized by phosphine-boranes were obtained.

Graphical abstract: A new family of silver(i) complexes stabilised by the phosphanylborane (C6H5)2PBH2·N(CH3)3
Communication

Li deposited on LiCl: an efficient reducing agent

Lithium was deposited onto lithium chloride powder in a ∼5% weight/weight ratio and demonstrated to be an effective reducing reagent.

Graphical abstract: Li deposited on LiCl: an efficient reducing agent
Paper

Synthesis, characterization, and optoelectronic properties of phenothiazine-based organic co-poly-ynes

We present the synthesis of seven new organic co-poly-ynes P1–P7 incorporating phenothiazine (PTZ) motif and evaluate their optoelectronic properties and performance in polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer solar cells (PSCs).

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, characterization, and optoelectronic properties of phenothiazine-based organic co-poly-ynes
Paper

Two-photon absorption of dipolar and quadrupolar oligothiophene-cored chromophore derivatives containing terminal dimesitylboryl moieties: a theoretical (DFT) structure–property investigation

Electron density difference between the S2 state reached by the 2PA and the ground state S0 (ΔμS2–S0 = 1.70 D) for 2TM-NMe3+.

Graphical abstract: Two-photon absorption of dipolar and quadrupolar oligothiophene-cored chromophore derivatives containing terminal dimesitylboryl moieties: a theoretical (DFT) structure–property investigation
Paper

Synthesis and characterization of group 13 dichloride (M = Ga, In), dimethyl (M = Al) and cationic methyl aluminum complexes supported by monoanionic NNN-pincer ligands

A series of monoanionic NNN-pincer ligands effectively stabilize five-coordinate gallium and indium dichloride complexes, as well as neutral dimethyl aluminum species, and organometallic cations thereof.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and characterization of group 13 dichloride (M = Ga, In), dimethyl (M = Al) and cationic methyl aluminum complexes supported by monoanionic NNN-pincer ligands
Paper

Cationic tetra- and pentacoordinate complexes of nickel based on POCN- and POCOP-type pincer ligands: synthesis, characterization, and ligand exchange studies

The closely related pincer ligands POCN and POCOP display different electron donating properties and different degrees of resistance to ligand exchange reactions proceeding via cationic reaction intermediates.

Graphical abstract: Cationic tetra- and pentacoordinate complexes of nickel based on POCN- and POCOP-type pincer ligands: synthesis, characterization, and ligand exchange studies
Paper

Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of new tetrafluorenyl-porphyrins peripherally functionalized with conjugated 2-fluorenone groups

Star shaped porphyrins decorated with external fluorenonyl arms have been isolated. Their luminescence and selected photophysical properties are discussed in the frame of two-photon-induced theranostics.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of new tetrafluorenyl-porphyrins peripherally functionalized with conjugated 2-fluorenone groups
Paper

Syntheses, structures, and one- and two-photon excited fluorescence of dimesitylboryl-ended quadrupolar hybrid oligothiophenes

A group of dimesitylboryl-ended quadrupolar hybrid-oligothiophenes were examined aiming to optimize their TPEF properties.

Graphical abstract: Syntheses, structures, and one- and two-photon excited fluorescence of dimesitylboryl-ended quadrupolar hybrid oligothiophenes
Paper

CeO2–nanocubes as efficient and selective catalysts for the hydroboration of carbonyl groups

An efficient and reusable CeO2 nanocatalyst has been developed for the selective hydroboration of carbonyl compounds, including aromatic, heteroaromatic, aliphatic, and (hetero)aliphatic aldehydes and ketones.

Graphical abstract: CeO2–nanocubes as efficient and selective catalysts for the hydroboration of carbonyl groups
Paper

A polymeric bis(di-p-anisylamino)fluorene hole-transport material for stable n-i-p perovskite solar cells

Half-devices made with a norbornene homopolymer with hole-transporting 2,7-bis(di-p-anisylamino)fluorene side chains exhibit improved light and heat stability in comparison to those incorporating spiro-OMeTAD.

Graphical abstract: A polymeric bis(di-p-anisylamino)fluorene hole-transport material for stable n-i-p perovskite solar cells
Paper

Understanding the insertion reactions of CO2, aldehyde and alkene into Cu–X (X = B, C, O) bonds

The relative preference of different unsaturated organic molecules (CO2, PhCHO and styrene) for insertion into different Cu–X (X = B, C, O) bonds has been systematically examined with the aid of DFT calculations.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the insertion reactions of CO2, aldehyde and alkene into Cu–X (X = B, C, O) bonds
Paper

C–F bond activation of perfluorinated arenes using NHC-stabilized cobalt half-sandwich complexes

A study on the reactivity of cobalt half-sandwich complexes [Cp(*)Co(NHC)(olefin)] with perfluoroarenes demonstrates that C–F activation occurs along a one-electron oxidative addition pathway.

Graphical abstract: C–F bond activation of perfluorinated arenes using NHC-stabilized cobalt half-sandwich complexes
Paper

New strategy for synthesising conjugated hexatrienylferrocenes via cross-dimerisation

A new strategy giving hexatrienylferrocenes.

Graphical abstract: New strategy for synthesising conjugated hexatrienylferrocenes via cross-dimerisation
Paper

Alkoxycyanoborates: metal salts and low-viscosity ionic liquids

Alkoxycyanoborates including low-viscosity ionic liquids which are promising materials in particular for electrochemical applications and Li[CH3OB(CN)3], which is a potential conducting salt, are presented.

Graphical abstract: Alkoxycyanoborates: metal salts and low-viscosity ionic liquids
Paper

Iron vs. ruthenium: syntheses, structures and IR spectroelectrochemical characterisation of half-sandwich Group 8 acetylide complexes

A synthetic ‘trick’ affording complexes [M(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CR)(dppe)Cp′] (M = Fe, Ru) in high purity directly from the reaction vessel is described.

Graphical abstract: Iron vs. ruthenium: syntheses, structures and IR spectroelectrochemical characterisation of half-sandwich Group 8 acetylide complexes
Paper

Stability and decomposition of copper(I) boryl complexes: [(IDipp)Cu–Bneop], [(IDipp*)Cu–Bneop] and copper clusters

Synthesis and characterisation of NHC copper boryl complexes [(NHC)Cu–Bneop] and their decomposition to low-valent copper clusters.

Graphical abstract: Stability and decomposition of copper(i) boryl complexes: [(IDipp)Cu–Bneop], [(IDipp*)Cu–Bneop] and copper clusters
Paper

Reactions of organoplatinum complexes with dimethylamine-borane

Reactions of organoplatinum complexes with dimethylamineborane are reported.

Graphical abstract: Reactions of organoplatinum complexes with dimethylamine-borane
Paper

Isolated 2-hydroxypyrene and its dimer: a frequency- and time-resolved spectroscopic study

We investigated isolated 2-hydroxypyrene and its dimer in the gas phase by time- and frequency-resolved photoionisation with picosecond time-resolution.

Graphical abstract: Isolated 2-hydroxypyrene and its dimer: a frequency- and time-resolved spectroscopic study
Paper

Copper(II)-catalyzed protoboration of allenes in aqueous media and open air

A copper(II)-catalyzed internal protoboration of monosubstituted allenes efficiently occurs in water at room temperature and open air to generate 1,1-disubstituted vinyl boronic acid derivatives.

Graphical abstract: Copper(ii)-catalyzed protoboration of allenes in aqueous media and open air
Paper

Light-promoted copper-catalyzed cage C-arylation of o-carboranes: facile synthesis of 1-aryl-o-carboranes and o-carborane-fused cyclics

Light-promoted, copper catalyzed cage C–H arylation of o-carboranes with aryl halides has been achieved, leading to the facile synthesis of a variety of 1-aryl-o-carboranes and o-carborane-fused cyclics.

Graphical abstract: Light-promoted copper-catalyzed cage C-arylation of o-carboranes: facile synthesis of 1-aryl-o-carboranes and o-carborane-fused cyclics
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About this collection

Prof. Dr Todd B. Marder is a world leader in a diverse range of ground breaking chemistry. His work is characterized by attention to detail, and the fact that his fundamental studies of organometallic and main group systems lead to applications, developed by his own group and many others, in homogeneous catalysis, materials chemistry, and the synthesis of biologically active and bioimaging compounds. We believed that the New Journal of Chemistry is the perfect venue to highlight his diverse research program. We are most grateful to everyone that contributed to this issue and highlighted the remarkable impact Prof. Marder’s research has made in science.

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