Amine–Borane Dehydropolymerization: Challenges and Opportunities

Annie L. Colebatch*, Andrew S. Weller

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The dehydropolymerization of amine–boranes, exemplified as H2RB⋅NR′H2, to produce polyaminoboranes (HRBNR′H)n that are inorganic analogues of polyolefins with alternating main-chain B−N units, is an area with significant potential, stemming from both fundamental (mechanism, catalyst development, main-group hetero-cross-coupling) and technological (new polymeric materials) opportunities. This Concept article outlines recent advances in the field, covering catalyst development and performance, current mechanistic models, and alternative non-catalytic routes for polymer production. The substrate scope, polymer properties and applications of these exciting materials are also outlined. Challenges and opportunities in the field are suggested, as a way of providing focus for future investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1390
Number of pages12
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number6
Early online date27 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2019

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  • amine–borane
  • catalysis
  • dehydrogenation
  • dehydropolymerization
  • polyaminoborane

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