BY MARYE ANNE FOX
Department of Chemistry
University of Texas, Austin
" Organoboranes can be readily converted to other functional groups under mild conditions, making them versatile intermediates of organic synthesis. Their use in optically active compounds has been reviewed recently.
H.C. Brown, B. Singaram, “Development of a simple general procedure for synthesis of the pure enantiomers via chiral organoboranes,” Accounts of Chemical Research, 21 (8), 287-94, August 1988.
" The fabrication of many microelectronic and optoelectronic devices relies on the availability of compound semiconductors. A new route has been discovered for vapor deposition under mild conditions that form compounds with strong sigma bonding between group m and group V elements.
A.H. Cowley, B.L. Benac, J.G. Ekerdt, et al., “Organometallic chemical vapor deposition of III/V compound semiconductors with novel organometallic precursors,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 110 (18), 6248-9,31 August 1988.