Synthesis of highly fluorinated arene complexes of [Rh(chelating phosphine)]+ cations, and their use in synthesis and catalysis

Alasdair I. McKay, James Barwick-Silk, Max Savage, Michael C. Willis, Andrew S. Weller*

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The synthesis of rhodium complexes with weakly binding highly fluorinated benzene ligands is described: 1,2,3-F3C6H3, 1,2,3,4-F4C6H2 and 1,2,3,4,5-F5C6H are shown to bind with cationic [Rh(Cy2P(CH2)xPCy2)]+ fragments (x=1, 2). Their structures and reactivity with alkenes, and use in catalysis for promoting the Tishchenko reaction of a simple aldehyde, are demonstrated. Key to the synthesis of these complexes is the highly concentrated reaction conditions and use of the [Al{OC(CF3)3}4] anion.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry : A European Journal
Early online date20 Nov 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Nov 2019

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  • catalysis
  • fluoroarene
  • phosphine
  • rhodium
  • x-ray

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