Hydroboration of Isocyanates: Cobalt-Catalyzed vs. Catalyst-Free Approaches

Kristina Gudun, Samat Tussupbayev, Ainur Slamova, Andrey Y. Khalimon

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Hydroboration of isocyanates with HBPin was demonstrated using both catalytic and catalyst-free approaches. In arene solvents, reactions employed the commercially available and bench-stable Co(acac)2/dpephos (dpephos = bis[(2-diphenylphosphino)phenyl] ether) pre-catalyst and proved chemodivergent, showing formation of either formamides or N-methylamines, depending on concentration of HBPin and reaction conditions used. Catalytic monohydroboration of isocyanates to formamides was found to be highly chemoselective, tolerating alkenes, alkynes, aryl halides, esters, carboxamides, nitriles, nitroarenes and heteroaromatic functionalities. The catalyst-free hydroboration reactions have been demonstrated in neat HBPin. Whereas monohydroboration proved less selective compared to Co(acac)2/dpephos-catalyzed transformations, selective deoxygenative hydroboration of isocyanates to N-methylamines was observed under catalyst-free conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6821-6830
Number of pages10
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number34
Early online dateAug 15 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 31 2022


  • hydroboration
  • isocyanates
  • cobalt
  • reduction
  • Base metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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