Issue Date: May 19, 2014
Borinium Cation Is A Stellar Lewis Acid
Japanese researchers have developed a simple approach to creating highly electron deficient borinium cations, R2B+, by stabilizing boron with only a pair of aryl substituents. The linear dimesitylborinium cation prepared by Yoshiaki Shoji of Tokyo Institute of Technology and coworkers exhibits extraordinary reactivity and could offer a new tool for exploring Lewis acid-promoted chemical reactions (Nat. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1948). Boron, with only six . . .
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