Transition metal boryl complex

In chemistry, a transition metal boryl complex is a molecular species with a formally anionic boron center coordinated to a transition metal.[1] They have the formula LnM-BR2 or LnM-(BR2LB) (L = ligand, R = H, organic substituent, LB = Lewis base). One example is (C5Me5)Mn(CO)2(BH2PMe3) (Me = methyl).[2] Such compounds, especially those derived from catecholborane and the related pinacolborane, are intermediates in transition metal-catalyzed borylation reactions.

Structure of boryl ligands in metal complexes.
Structure of (PMe3)4RhB(pinacolate).[3] (color code: pink=B, blue green=Rh, red=O, orange=P).


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