Magnesium-catalyzed hydroboration of pyridines

Merle Arrowsmith, Michael S. Hill, Terrance Hadlington, Gabriele Kociok-Köhn, Catherine Weetman

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Reaction of catalytic quantities of a β-diketiminato n-butylmagnesium complex with pinacol–borane in the presence of pyridine derivatives provides facile access to borylated dihydropyridines. The reaction is applicable to a wide range of monocyclic and fused-ring pyridine derivatives and catalytic turnover is proposed to occur through a well-defined sequence of Mg–H/pyridine dearomatization and Mg–N/B–H sigma bond metathesis steps.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5556-5559
Number of pages4
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2011


  • hydroboration reactions
  • pyridines

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    Arrowsmith, M., Hill, M. S., Hadlington, T., Kociok-Köhn, G., & Weetman, C. (2011). Magnesium-catalyzed hydroboration of pyridines. Organometallics, 30(21), 5556-5559.