Tuning ligand structure in chiral bis(phosphite) and mixed phosphite-phosphinite PCP-palladium pincer complexes

Robin B. Bedford, Yu-Ning Chang, Mairi F. Haddow, Claire L. McMullin

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A range of chiral resorcinol bis(phosphite) and phosphite-phosphinite ligands were produced and their propensity to form palladium PCP-pincer complexes examined. The ease of base-assisted C-H palladation of the ligands falls in the order bis(phosphinite) > phosphite-phosphinite > bis(phosphite). The catalytic activity of the complexes in the asymmetric allylation of benzaldehyde with allyl tributyltin was examined and it was found that, contrary to expectations, ligands with 3,3' -disubstituted BINOL residues show poorer activity and stereoselectivity than unsubstituted BINOL analogues. In addition the order of activity of the pincer complexes was established as bis(phosphite) > phosphite-phosphinite > bis(phosphinite). Crystal structures of representative examples of a 3,3' -disubstituted BINOL, mono- and bis(phosphite) ligands based on 2,4-di-tert-butyl resorcinol and Pd complexes of two of the chiral complexes are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9034-9041
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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