Process for producing a Cyano ring-substituted Arene borane

Executive Summary

In the pharmaceutical industry, organoboron complexes are key building blocks for drug manufacturing, versatile reagents for high-throughput parallel synthesis in drug discovery and exhibit some useful and unique biological activities. However, conventional synthesis routes can be complex and involve undesirable reagents. MSU researchers have developed processes for efficient synthesis of cyano ring-substituted arene boranes. 


Description of the Technology

The technology involves reacting a ring-substituted cyano arene with an HB or a B—B organic compound in the presence of a catalyst complex comprised of an iridium complex and an organic ligand. The patent includes compositions of benzonitriles, cyanopyridines, thiopenes and furanes.



  • Low catalyst concentrations
  • Room temperature or moderate reaction temperatures
  • Does not require organolithium reagents, ethereal solvents. Reactions can be carried out neat
  • Wide range of functional groups possible
  • High selectivity, avoids costly intermediate purification steps
  • Allows production of new range of boron containing chemicals which are difficult to synthesize or not available



  • Drug manufacturing
  • Reagents for complex chemical synthesis
  • Chemical building blocks


Patent Status

US 7,514,563


Licensing Rights

Non exclusive licensing rights available



Dr. Milton Smith, Dr. Robert Maleczka, Dr. Ghayoor A. Chotana




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Jon Debling
Technology Manager
Michigan State University