Reactivity of Decaborane(14) with Pyridine: Synthesis and Characterization of the First 6,6-Substituted Isomer of nido-BwHu, 6,6-(C5H5N)2B10H12, and Application of 11B−11B Double-Quantum NMR Spectroscopy

Sophie M. Cendrowski-Guillaume, Jennifer L. O’Loughlin, István Pelczer, James T. Spencer

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In the low-temperature reaction of B10H14 with C5H5N, a new product, identified as arachno-6,6-(C5H5N)2B10H12, was formed in high yield and purity. The proposed 6,6-L2B10H12 compound represents the first known report of this decaborane substitution pattern. The formation of an asymmetric 6,6-(C5H5N)2B10H12 isomer was unexpected on the basis of literature precedent describing the synthesis and structural elucidation of numerous 6,9-L2B10H12 species (where L = Lewis base). The observed reaction sequence in the formation of the 6,6-(C5H5N)2B10H12 compound proceeded through an initially observed [H·C5H5N]+[B10H13] intermediate. In addition to the formation of the 6,6-isomer, the synthesis of the 6,9-(C5H5N)2B10H12 isomer is also reported from the reflux of nido-B10H12 in pyridine. Refluxing the 6,6-(pyridine)2B10H12 isomer in pyridine was also found to convert this isomer into the 6,9-isomer. Both isomers were characterized by 11B NMR, FITR, UV-vis, mass spectroscopic, and elemental analyses. The structure of the 6,6-isomer was established by 2D 11B−11B COSY NMR data and by the first application of a pure phase 11B−11B 2Q correlation NMR (double-quantum) experiment to the elucidation of a borane cluster framework. This latter NMR technique was very successful in greatly simplifying the NMR assignments of the 6,6-substituted decaborane cluster species and should be a very powerful tool in cluster structure elucidation in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3935-3941
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 1 1995

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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