Preparation of a highly congested carbazoyl-derived p,n-type phosphine ligand for acetone monoarylations

Wai Chung Fu, Zhongyuan Zhou, Fuk Yee Kwong

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We report a newly developed carbazoyl-derived P,N-type phosphine ligand (L1) for the monoarylation of acetone with aryl chlorides. The proposed Pd(dba)2/L1 catalyst exhibited remarkable catalytic reactivity toward highly electron rich and sterically congested aryl chlorides, with catalyst loading as low as 0.1 mol % of Pd along with excellent chemoselectivity. A reaction rate study of the system using electronically diverse aryl chlorides determined the mechanisms regarding the rate-limiting steps in this reaction. The oxidative addition adduct of Pd-PhenCar-Phos with p-chlorotoluene showed the participation of N-Pd coordination in the metal complex. The isolated palladium complex C1 could be utilized as a precatalyst in the transformation and achieved performance comparable to that of the in situ generated palladium species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1553-1558
Number of pages6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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