Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 2002, 67, 843-868

Phosphorus Insertion Into Borane Clusters. A Review

Bohumil Štíbr

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 250 68 Řež, Czech Republic; Research Centre for New Inorganic Compounds and Advanced Materials, University of Pardubice


A review is presented on the methods of incorporation of phosphorus vertices into borane, carborane and heteroborane clusters. The structural diversity of boron cluster compounds allows for the synthesis of various types of phosphaboranes, phosphacarboranes and phosphaheteroboranes of structurally different cluster shapes, sizes, and positional isomerism. The phosphaborane compounds outlined in this work are direct analogues of corresponding carboranes. This analogy is the main reason for recent interest and developments in this area. A review with 45 references.

Keywords: Boron; Boranes; NMR spectroscopy; Phosphaboranes; Phosphacarboranes; Heteroboranes.

References: 61 live references.