2-(1S)-Camphanoyloxy-2′-phosphanylbiphenyl Ligands – Synthesis, Structure, and Preliminary Tests in Transition-Metal Catalysis

Piotr Wawrzyniak, Markus K. Kindermann, Gabriele Thede, Richard Thede, Peter G. Jones, Stephan Enthaler, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller, Joachim W. Heinicke

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Diastereoisomer separation of the (1S)-camphanic acid 2-isopropylphenylphosphanyl-phenyl ester 1 exemplifies the potential of (1S)-camphanoyl chloride for enantiomer separation of hydroxyl-functional asymmetric phosphanes. Esterification of lithium 2′-phosphanylbiphenyl-2-olates, generated from the respective 2-OH or 2-OSiMe3 precursors 2aOH and 2b–fSi, furnished the 2-(1S)-camphanoyloxy-biphenylphosphanes 3a–c as 1:1 mixtures of diastereomers with low barriers for interconversion by rotation around the C–C axis (ΔG# = 70–73 kJ mol–1 for 3a and 3c by 31P VT NMR spectroscopy). The P-asymmetric compounds 3d–f form 1:1 mixtures of stereoisomers. There is a tendency to cocrystallization of two preferred diastereoisomers, as shown by the crystal structure analyses of 3dD and 3fD, and in solution, there is a tendency toward partial isomerization to the sterically less-favored atropisomers. The [RhCl(cod)(3dD)] complex 4dD, however, seems stable in solution. Excess 2dLi reacted with (1S)-camphanoyl chloride preferentially to form the (SP,Rax,1S) isomer, which was separated by crystallization as enantiopure 3dE, characterized by single-crystal XRD. Preliminary screening tests of this ligand in Rh-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenations of N-(1-phenylvinyl)acetamide allowed high conversion and up to 59 % ee. Hydrosilylation of acetophenone proceeded with 78 % conversion and 48 % ee; Suzuki–Miyaura couplings of 1-bromo-2-naphthol with PhB(OH)2, in the presence of 3b/[Pd(OAc)2], gave yields up to 98 %.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2762-2773
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - 26 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Biphenylphosphanes
  • Chiral esters
  • Chirality
  • Phosphane ligands
  • Rhodium


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