Synthesis of binaphthyl based phosphine and phosphite ligands
The development of large scale synthesis of enantiopure and thermally stable (R)- and (S)-BINOL molecules constitutes a key milestone in the field of asymmetric catalysis. Particularly, a great variety of chiral binaphthyl-based phosphorus compounds, herein represented by phosphite and phosphine classes, have earned considerable relevance due to their versatility as ligands in enantioselective metal-catalysed reactions, allowing the preparation of optically active products with the desired enantiopurity. This review highlights the most relevant concepts and accounts regarding general synthetic procedures for binaphthyl-based mono- and bidentate phosphites and phosphines. Furthermore, the search for environmentally benign chemical catalytic processes compelled us to also give special attention to the functionalisation of binaphthyl-based phosphorus ligands for use in alternative reaction media. When available, a critical selection of their applications in catalysis is briefly assessed.