The recent development of phosphine ligands derived from 2-phosphino-substituted heterocycles and their applications in palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions

Shun Man Wong, Chau Ming So, Fuk Yee Kwong

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

53 Citations (Scopus)


Heterocyclic phosphines have long been used as unique and efficient ligands for palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. The simplest ligand, trifurylphosphine, has become one of the most classical heterocyclic phosphines for coupling reactions since its first application in the Stille coupling reaction in 1988. In recent decades, palladium catalyst systems derived from highly diverse and innovative heterocyclic phosphines have shown excellent catalytic activities in cross-coupling reactions. In this account, we discuss the recent development and applications of heterocyclic phosphine ligands, highlighting the synthetic pathways used to prepare the ligands. The sections are categorized by the different palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling methodologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1132-1153
Number of pages22
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2012


  • catalysis
  • cross-coupling
  • ligands
  • palladium
  • phosphines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

Cite this