Metal-free protodeboronation of electron-rich arene boronic acids and its application to ortho -functionalization of electron-rich arenes using a boronic acid as a blocking group

Su Jin Ahn, Chun Young Lee, Nak Kyoon Kim, Cheol-Hong Cheon

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The metal-free thermal protodeboronation of various electron-rich arene boronic acids was studied. Several reaction parameters controlling this protodeboronation, such as solvent, temperature, and a proton source, have been investigated. On the basis of these studies, suitable reaction conditions for protodeboronation of several types of electron-rich arene boronic acids were provided. On the basis of this protodeboronation, a new protocol for the synthesis of ortho-functionalized electron-rich arenes from these boronic acids was developed using the boronic acid moiety as a blocking group in the electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction, followed by the removal of the boronic acid moiety via thermal protodeboronation. Mechanistic studies suggested that this protodeboronation might proceed via the complex formation of a boronic acid with a proton source, followed by the carbon-boron bond fission through σ-bond metathesis, to afford the corresponding arene compound and boric acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7277-7285
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 15


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  • Organic Chemistry

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