Hydroboration and Hydrosilylation of a Molybdenum-Nitride Complex Bearing a PNP-Type Pincer Ligand

Takayuki Itabashi, Kazuya Arashiba, Hiromasa Tanaka, Kazunari Yoshizawa, Yoshiaki Nishibayashi

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Hydroboration and hydrosilylation of a molybdenum-nitride complex, prepared from the direct cleavage of the bridging dinitrogen coordinated to the two molybdenum atoms of a dinitrogen-bridged dimolybdenum complex, with pinacolborane and diphenylsilane give the corresponding borylimide-hydride and silylimide-hydride complexes, respectively. DFT calculations support a proposed reaction pathway of hydroboration toward the molybdenum-nitride complex to afford the corresponding borylimide-hydride complex. The reaction of the molybdenum-nitride complex with an excess amount of catecholborane under atmospheric nitrogen gas affords up to 2 equiv of ammonia based on the molybdenum atom after hydrolysis of the reaction mixture. This result indicates that a superstoichiometric reaction to afford the corresponding borylamine proceeds via hydroboration of a molybdenum-nitride complex as a key step.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-373
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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