The synthesis of low-valent tungsten (0 and II) complexes bearing chiral bidentate phosphino-oxazoline or bisoxazoline ligands is described. The structures of four of the complexes have been determined by single crystal X-ray analyses. Tungsten(II)-allyl complexes of the type [W(CO)(2)(PN)(C3H5)Cl] (PN = phosphino-oxazoline) are fluxional in solution, but can be crystallized as single diastereoisomers. The complex [W(CO)(3)(PN)(CH3CN)], which also crystallizes as a single diastereoisomer, is readily oxidized in solution and solid state, in stark contrast to analogous compounds bearing four carbonyl ligands [W(CO)(4)(PN)] or [W(CO)(4)(NN)] (NN = bisoxazoline) which were found to be stable. [W(CO)(3)(PN)(CH3CN)] functions as a highly enantioselective catalyst in allylic substitution reactions with dimethyl sodiomalonate, whereas complexes of the type [W(CO)(2)(PN)(Z-C3H4)X)] (Z = H, Ph; X = Cl, Br) failed to yield allylic alkylation products.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Zeitschrift für Naturforschung B: A Journal of Chemical Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1995|