Synthesis and characterization of some amine complexes of bromocarboxyboranes and bromo(methoxycarbonyl)boranes

Beéla Györi, Zoltán Kovács, József Emri, Zoltán Berente

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Amine-carboxyboranes [A.BH2COOH; A = Me3N, Et3N, quinuclidine (Q)] are readily decarbonylated with bromine in dichloromethane to produce amine-dibromoboranes (A.BHBr2). The formation of A.BHBr2 is explained by fast loss of CO from the acid bromides A.BH(Br)COBr generated because of the action of HBr. In proton-acceptor solvents (such as H2O), however, only substitution takes place giving a chiral boron atom containing A.BH(Br)COOH and/or A.BBr2COOH. Also, bromocarboxyborane complexes can be prepared easily using bromination with N-bromosuccinimide (NBS). The products are rather stable in water under acidic conditions but bases induce fast decarbonylation followed by complete decomposition. Amine(methoxycarbonyl)boranes A.BH2COOMe (A = Me3N, Et3N and Q) are conveniently synthesized, with good yields, in methanol by treatment with a cation exchange resin (H+) as a catalyst. The bromo derivatives A.BH2-nBrn COOMe (n = 1, 2) have been prepared by treatment of amine complexes of BH2COOMe with bromine or NBS, or by esterification of the bromocarboxylic derivatives. In addition, these bromo compounds can be readily obtained in a one-pot reaction from A.BH2COOH with bromine; when esterification proceeds unexpectedly fast in parallel with the bromination. The structures of the new derivatives were substantiated by elemental analyses and IR, UV, 1H NMR and 11B NMR spectroscopic methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-231
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 27 1994


  • Boron
  • Bromination
  • Bromoborane
  • Carboxyborane
  • Chiral boron atom
  • Decarbonylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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