Phosphonium-Based Ionic Liquids as Efficient Borane Carriers

Phosphonium-based ionic liquids form new ionic liquids when treated with borane (BH3), and these ionic liquids are useful for reduction reactions involving carbonyl compounds. Alane (AlH3) reacts with the phosphonium cation, nevertheless the resulting solutions are capable of reducing esters to aldehydes. Phosphonium-based ionic liquids may serve as useful materials for reactive gas transport, and hence may serve as a fluid alternative to porous materials and may provide a convenient method of safely transporting boron hydrides for a variety of applications.