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Chiral amino-phosphine and amido-phosphine complexes of Ir and Mg. Catalytic applications in olefin hydroamination

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The reactions of rac- and (S,S)-trans-9,10-dihydro-9,10-ethanoanthracene-11,12-diamine (ANDEN) with PClPh2 in the presence of NEt3 yield the chiral amino-phosphine ligands rac-6 and (S,S)-6, respectively, on multi-gram scales. Both forms of 6 react quantitatively with MgPh2 to afford the C2-symmetric, N-bound Mg amidophosphine complexes rac-7 and (S,S)-7. The former crystallizes as a racemic conglomerate, which is a rare occurrence. Mixing (S,S)- or rac-6 with [IrCl(COE)2]2 leads in both cases to the homochiral dinuclear chloro-bridged P-ligated aminophosphine iridium complexes (S,S,S,S)-9 and rac-9 in excellent yields. X-ray quality single crystals only grow as the racemic compound (or ‘true racemate’) rac-9 thanks to its lowered solubility. In the coordinating solvent CH3CN, rac-9 transforms in high yield into mononuclear Ir-complex rac-10. The crystal structures of compounds rac-6, (S,S)-7, rac-9, and rac-10 reveal the ambidentate nature of the P–N function: amide-coordination in the Mg-complex (S,S)-7 and P-chelation of the softer Ir(I) centres in complexes rac-9 and rac-10. Furthermore, the crystal structures show flexible, symmetry lowering seven-membered P-chelate rings in the Ir complexes and a surprising amount of deformation within the ANDEN backbone. The simulation of this deformation by DFT and SCF calculations indicates low energy barriers. (S,S)-7 and (S,S,S,S)-9 catalyze the intra- and intermolecular hydroamination of alkenes, respectively: 5 mol% of (S,S)-7 affords 2-methyl-4,4′-diphenylcyclopentyl amine quantitatively (7% ee), and 2.5 mol% of (S,S,S,S)-9 in the presence of 5.0 mol% co-catalyst (LDA, PhLi, or MgPh2) gives exo-(2-arylamino)bornanes in up to 68% yield and up to 16% ee.

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The article was received on 23 Mar 2016, accepted on 30 Jun 2016 and first published on 11 Jul 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6DT01146B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 12028-12040
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    Chiral amino-phosphine and amido-phosphine complexes of Ir and Mg. Catalytic applications in olefin hydroamination

    B. Schmid, S. Frieß, A. Herrera, A. Linden, F. W. Heinemann, H. Locke, S. Harder and R. Dorta, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 12028
    DOI: 10.1039/C6DT01146B

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