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     New Chemistry




     A transition metal borylene

     complex stabilized by a non-

     carbonyl ligand set: formation

     by spontaneous halide loss to

     give an extremely short metal-

     -boron bond (video).

     (work by David Addy)








Listed below is a selection of published and in press articles from 2011 (see ‘further links’ for other years and S. Aldridge CV – under ‘group members’ – for full publication list). Click on the relevant citation for the link to the electronic version of the article.


Recent publication:


Modelling fundamental arene-borane interactions: spontaneous formation of a dibromoborenium cation driven by p complexation at boron.

H.B. Mansaray, A.D. Rowe, N. Phillips, M. Kelly, S. Aldridge.

Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 12295-12297.




This paper was selected by the editors of Chem Commun. as a ‘hot article’ and probes the interactions between borane Lewis acids and arenes, through the synthesis of a dibromoborenium cation




Iridium-mediated borylation of benzylic C-H bonds by borohydride.

C.Y. Tang, W. Smith, A.L. Thompson, D. Vidovic, S. Aldridge.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 1359–1362.

This paper was selected by the editors of Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. as a ‘hot article’.


Responses to unsaturation in iridium mono(N-heterocyclic carbene) complexes: oligomerization of [LIr(H)2Cl] and [LIr(H)2]+

C.Y.Tang, J. Lednik, A.L. Thompson, S. Aldridge.

Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 2523-2525.


Group 3 and lanthanide boryl compounds: syntheses, structures and bonding analysis of Sc–B, Y–B and Lu–B s-coordinated NHC analogues.

L.M.A. Saleh, K. Hassomal, A.V. Protchenko, A.D. Schwarz, S. Aldridge, C. Jones, N. Kaltsoyannis, P. Mountford.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 3836–3839.


Tuning Main Group redox chemistry through steric loading: subvalent Group 13 metal complexes of carbazolyl ligands.

H.B. Mansaray, M. Kelly, D. Vidovic, S. Aldridge.

Chem. Eur. J., 2011, 17, 5381-5386.


Probing the intrinisic structure and dynamics of aminoborane coordination at late transition metal centers: k1-binding in [CpRu(PR3)2(H2BNCy2)]+.

D. Vidovic, D.A. Addy, T. Krämer, J. McGrady, S. Aldridge.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 8494–8497.


Borane to boryl hydride to borylene dihydride: explicit demonstration of boron-to-metal a-hydride migration in aminoborane activation.

M. O’Neill, D.A. Addy, I. Riddlestone, M. Kelly, N. Phillips, S. Aldridge

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 11500-11503.


Extending the chain: synthetic, structural and reaction chemistry of a BN allenylidene analogue.

J. Niemeyer, D.A. Addy, A.L. Thompson, M. Kelly, S. Aldridge.

Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 8908-8911.







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