Astha Verma, R. Grams, Brett P. Rastatter
Apr 5, 2019
Abstract A method for the semi-reduction of alkynoic acids through an α-borylation and subsequent protodeborylation mechanism has been developed. The transition metal-free protocol is achieved through the activation of bis(pinacolato)diboron by an in situ generated carboxylate moiety yielding aryl acrylic acids. Our studies demonstrate an unprecedented dual role for the carboxylate anion that involves the activation of the diboron reagent and a directing effect in the α-borylation.