Which is reactive in alkaline solution, boronate ion or boronic acid? Kinetic evidence for reactive trigonal boronic acid in an alkaline solution

Satoshi Iwatsuki, Shihoko Nakajima, Masahiko Inamo, Hideo D. Takagi, Koji Ishihara

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That boronic acid is a reactive species toward a diol moiety even in an alkaline solution and that the boronate ion is not very reactive were demonstrated by the estimated upper limit of the rate constants for the reactions of some boronic acids with 2,2′-biphenol and 2,3-dihydroxynaphthalene in a neutral-alkaline solution, which will correct a common misunderstanding in boron chemistry and would renew the idea of effective boronic acid sensor design for carbohydrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-356
Number of pages3
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 22


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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