Dihydrogen Activation withtBu3P/B(C6F5)3: A Chemically Competent Indirect Mechanism via in Situ-Generatedp-tBu2P–C6F4–B(C6F5)2 Academic Article uri icon


  • A chemically competent indirect pathway for the activation of dihydrogen by the nonmetal Lewis acid/Lewis base pair (t)Bu(3)P/B(C(6)F(5))(3) is described. The reaction between (t)Bu(3)P and B(C(6)F(5))(3) produces [(t)Bu(3)PH](+)[FB(C(6)F(5))(3)](-) and the known phosphinoborane p-(t)Bu(2)P-C(6)F(4)-B(C(6)F(5))(2) (1-(t)Bu) with elimination of isobutylene. At 1:1 stoichiometry, 1-(t)Bu is produced rapidly in detectable quantities and can act as a catalyst for the formation of [(t)Bu(3)PH](+)[HB(C(6)F(5))(3)](-) from (t)Bu(3)P and B(C(6)F(5))(3) in the presence of H(2). The extent to which this indirect path competes with the direct path is explored.

publication date

  • July 6, 2011