Nucleophilic displacement reactions of cis-bis((2,2′-biphenylylene)phosphochloridite ester)tetracarbonylmolybdenum(0). The first example of an unusual hydrolysis reaction yielding unsymmetrically substituted products

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  • Ligands containing groups derived from bis(aryl)diols are widely used in asymmetric catalysis; however, few studies of the conformations of these ligands in transition-metal complexes have been reported. In this paper, the nucleophilic displacement reactions of cis-Mo(CO) (2,2′-C H O PCl) (1) have been used to prepare a variety of complexes with [1,3,2]-dioxaphosphepin ligands, and the conformations of these ligands have been studied by NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. The nucleophilic substitution reactions yield both the expected disubstituted complexes cis-Mo(CO) (2,2′-C H O PXR) (XR = NPr (2), OMe (4), SC H -4-Me (6)) and the unexpected hydrolysis products [R′ NH] [cis-Mo(CO) (2,2′-C H O PO)(2 ,2′-C H O PXR)] (R′ = Pr H , XR = NPr , 3; R′ = Et ; XR = OMe, 5). NMR studies have demonstrated that the hydrolysis product is the major product when more than a minute amount of water is present, even in the presence of a large excess of the nucleophiles. This reaction is complete in approximately 90 min at 25°C. A very surprising feature of this reaction is that substitution of one chloride in 1 by the RX nucleophile greatly enhances the rate of substitution of the second chloride either by water or by another RX nucleophile. NMR studies of the [1,3,2]dioxaphosphepin complexes in chloroform-d solution suggest that the R* and S* enantiomers of the ligands interconvert via a low-energy pathway. Crystal structures of the complexes demonstrate that both the R*S* diastereomer (1) and racemic mixtures of the R*R* and S*S* diastereomers (2-4) are observed in the solid state. These results suggest that bulkier biaryl groups are needed to prevent the racemization of the [1,3,2]dioxaphosphepin ligands in solution. 4 12 8 2 2 4 12 8 2 2 6 4 3 4 12 8 2 12 8 2 3 2 3 3 n n n - -
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  • Byrd H; Harden JD; Butler JM; Jablonsky MJ; Gray GM
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