Subporphyrinato boron(III) hydrides were prepared by reduction of subporphyrinato boron(III) methoxides with diisobutylaluminum hydride (DIBAL-H) in good yields. The authenticity of the B-H bond has been unambiguously confirmed by a 1H NMR signal that appears as a broad quartet at -2.27 ppm with a large coupling constant with the central 11B, characteristic B-H infrared stretching frequencies, and single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Red shifts in the corresponding absorption and fluorescence profiles are accounted for in terms of the electron-donating nature of the B-hydride. The hydridic character of subporphyrinato boron(III) hydrides has been demonstrated by the production of H2 via reaction with water or HCl, and controlled reductions of aromatic aldehydes and imines in the presence of a catalytic amount of Ph3C[B(C6F5)4].
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry