Synthesis and Characterisation of Mono- and Bidentate Alkoxybenzimidazolin-2-ylidene Palladium Complexes: Interesting Solution Behaviour and Application in Catalysis

Peter Simpson, Brian Skelton, D.H. Brown, Murray Baker

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Abstract

New mono- and bidentate N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) silver and palladium complexes bearing benzimidazolin-2-ylidene ligands have been synthesized and structurally and spectroscopically characterised. The NHC ligands are decorated with bulky substituents on the nitrogen atoms and electron-donating butoxy groups on the benzo-fused ring, with the aim of enhancing the ability of their complexes as catalysts. The two types of palladium complexes presented, which possess either a bidentate bis(NHC) or a mixed NHC/allyl ligand system, demonstrate significantly different activities in the Mizoroki-Heck cross-coupling reactions but similar activities in the Suzuki-Miyaura and Buchwald-Hartwig reactions. Interesting behaviour of the mixed NHC/allyl palladium complexes in solution has been investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1937-1952
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
VolumeNA
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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