We have developed the divergent deaminative borylation and hydrodeamination of primary aromatic amines using bis(pinacolato)diboron. These transformations can be switched by the reaction conditions. Mechanistic and computational studies have suggested that the cleavage of the C-N bond and the formation of C-B bond are unlikely to involve free aryl radical intermediates. However, hydrodeamination is shown to proceed via hydrogen atom transfer between the corresponding aryl radical and an ethereal solvent.
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