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Iron Catalysis and Water: A Synergy for Refunctionalization of Boron

John L. Wood, Ludovic D. Marciasini, Michel Vaultier, Mathieu Pucheault*

*Institut des Sciences Moléculaires, UMR 5255 - 351 Cours de Libération - Bâtiment A11, Université de Bordeaux 1, 33405 Talence Cedex, France, Email:

J. L. Wood, L. D. Marciasini, M. Vaultier, M. Pucheault, Synlett, 2014, 25, 551-555.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1340500


A catalytic system has been optimized to promote hydrolysis of trifluoroborates and formation of boronates from boronic acids. FeCl3 associated with imidazole and water favors boron refunctionalization under mild conditions.

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Key Words

boron, iron, homogeneous catalysis, water, boronates, boronic acids

ID: J60-Y2014