Date: 31 Oct 2012

New Organoboranes in “Frustrated Lewis Pair” Chemistry

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The chemistry of “frustrated Lewis pairs” (FLPs) has become a rapidly evolving field since it was introduced 6 years ago. It offers new strategies for small molecule activation and organic synthesis which have long been dominated by transition metals. This chapter focuses on the recent development of organoborane compounds and their applications in FLP chemistry. Modifying the organoboranes along with optimizing the Lewis base partners results in a wide range of reactivities, such as small molecule activation and hydrogenation catalysis.