What does hydroboration–oxidation of a terminal alkyne form?

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Oct 26, 2014

Hydroboration-oxidation of a terminal alkyne forms an aldehyde.


The reaction takes place in two steps.

Step 1 is the syn addition of a B-H bond across a π bond in the alkyne.

Instead of BH₃, we use a bulky borane like disiamylborane or 9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane (BBN).

This increases the proportion of addition to the less substituted carbon atom and prevents hydroboration across both π bonds,

In Step 2, the organoborane is oxidized with alkaline hydrogen peroxide.

The initial product is an enol, which rapidly tautomerizes to an aldehyde.

Hydroboration-oxidation converts a terminal alkyne into an aldehyde with the same number of carbon atoms.

For example, but-1-yne is converted to butanal.