Although the finding might someday help improve large-scale nitrogen-fixing reactions, such as the ammonia-making Haber-Bosch process, that goal, Braunschweig says, is a long way off. At the moment, the reaction, which requires two borylenes for every N2 molecule caught, isn’t catalytic. “For years, low-valent main-group element derivatives were regarded as laboratory curiosities, only of interest for a restricted scientific community,” says Guy Bertrand, a University of California, San Diego, professor who also studies borylenes.
by Bethany Halford |
February 22, 2018