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Copper-Catalyzed Electrochemical Selective B–H Oxygenation of o‑Carboranes at Room Temperature

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posted on 2020-04-06, 20:30 authored by Yik Ki Au, Hairong Lyu, Yangjian Quan, Zuowei Xie
Copper-catalyzed electrochemical selective cage B–H oxygenation of o-carboranes has been achieved for the first time. Under a constant electric current (4.0 mA) at room temperature, copper-catalyzed cross-coupling of carboranyl amides with lithium phenolates results in the formation of B­(4,5)-diphenolated o-carboranes via direct B–H activation, whereas the use of lithium tert-butoxide affords B(4)-monooxygenated products. This reaction does not require any additional chemical oxidants and generates H2 and a lithium salt as byproducts. Control experiments indicated that a high-valent Cu­(III) species is likely involved in the reaction process.