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Review | Regular issue | Vol 87, No. 5, 2013, pp.991-1021
Published online, 3rd April, 2013
DOI: 10.3987/REV-13-767
Boroxine Chemistry: From Fundamental Studies to Applications in Supramolecular and Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Yuji Tokunaga*

*Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Fukui University, Bunkyo, Fukui 910-8507, Japan


Organoboroxine chemistry has recently received much attention because the boroxine formation reaction is a powerful tool for the construction of organized architectures. The reversible nature of this reaction may result in new materials that possess unprecedented levels of structural organization due to facilitation through self-correction, and switchable properties can be imparted by the reaction’s reversibility. In addition, the effectiveness of boroxines (especially arylboroxines) has been recognised in the field of organic synthesis. The chemical properties of boroxines are certainly of great interest in organic synthesis and in the creation of new organic compounds. In this review, I describe the development of various molecular architectures that originate from the fundamental properties and structures of boroxines; I also describe the use of boroxines as reagents and catalysts.