Palladium(II) complexes supported by a bidentate bis(secondary)phosphine linked by pyridine

Matthew S. Winston, John E. Bercaw

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A series of complexes of the type (PNP-H2)PdX2 (X=Cl, Br, I) have been synthesized, where PNP-H2 is a bis(secondary)phosphine ligand linked by a pyridine, 2,6-(2'-(Ph(H)P)(C6H4))2(C5H3N). Due to chirality at phosphorus, the parent ligand exists as a mixture of nearly equivalent rac and meso diastereomers non-interconverting at room temperature. When ligated to Pd(II) halides, however, the diastereomeric ratio is dependent upon the halide. The chloro, bromo, and iodo complexes have been characterized crystallographically. Conformationally similar meso diastereomers of each dihalide are roughly C s symmetric in the solid state, while the rac diastereomers (identified only for X=Br, I) show substantially different solid-state conformations. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
StatePublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgements: The Bruker KAPPA APEXII X-ray diffractometer was purchased via an NSF CRIF:MU award to the California Institute of Technology, CHE-0639094. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the KAUST Center-In-Development at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) and the USDOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (Grant No. DE-FG03-85ER13431).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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