An efficient palladium-benzimidazolyl phosphine complex for the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of aryl mesylates: Facile ligand synthesis and metal complex characterization

Kin Ho Chung, Chau Ming So, Shun Man Wong, Chi Him Luk, Zhongyuan Zhou, Chak Po Lau, Fuk Yee Kwong

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A new class of easily accessible hemilabile benzimidazolyl phosphine ligands has been developed. The ligand skeleton is prepared from commercially available and inexpensive o-phenylenediamine and 2-bromobenzoic acid. With catalyst loading down to 0.5 mol% palladium, excellent catalytic activity towards the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of aryl mesylates is still observed. This represents the lowest catalyst loading achieved so far for this reaction in general. X-Ray crystallography shows that new ligand L2 is coordinated with Pd in a κ2-P,N fashion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1967-1969
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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