Push and pull: the potential role of boron in N2 activation
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.
- This article is part of the themed collections: 2018 Frontier and Perspective articles and New Talent: Europe