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The surprisingly facile formation of Pd(I)-phosphido complexes from ortho-biphenylphosphines and palladium acetate

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  • Michelle Montgomery
  • Harry M. O'Brien
  • Carolina Méndez-Gálvez
  • Caitlin R. Bromfield
  • Jack P.M. Roberts
  • Anna M. Winnicka
  • Andrew Horner
  • David Elorriaga
  • Hazel A. Sparkes
  • Robin B. Bedford
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3539-3542
Number of pages4
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number11
DateAccepted/In press - 24 Jan 2019
DatePublished (current) - 25 Jan 2019


The widely-used ortho-biphenylphosphine ligands SPhos and RuPhos not only undergo facile orthometallation with palladium acetate, yielding strained, four-membered dimeric palladacycles but more surprisingly, in the presence of alcoholic solvents, along with the less encumbered analogue MePhos, yield unusual dinuclear Pd(I) complexes, in which the Pd-centers are bridged by both a phosphide ligand and by the arene of a coordinated phosphine donor.



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