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Issue 31, 2018
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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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Submitted
26 mar 2018
Accepted
18 apr 2018
First published
19 apr 2018

Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 10377-10381
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Frontier

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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