Radical reactions of borohydrides

Takuji Kawamoto, Ilhyong Ryu*

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    Borohydrides are an important class of reagents in both organic and inorganic chemistry. Though popular as hydride-transfer reagents for reduction, since earlier work from the 1970s, borohydride reagents have also been known to serve as hydrogen-transfer reagents. In pursuit of greener tin hydride substitutes, recent progress has been made to mediate radical C-C bond forming reactions, including Giese reactions, radical carbonylation and addition to HCHO reactions, with borohydride reagents. This review article focuses on state-of-the-art borohydride based radical reactions, also covering earlier work, kinetics and some DFT calculations with respect to the hydrogen transfer mechanism.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9733-9742
    Number of pages10
    JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
    Issue number48
    StatePublished - 28 Dec 2014


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