Methoxycarbonylation of olefins catalyzed by palladium complexes bearing P,N-donor ligands

Pedro A. Aguirre, Carolina A. Lagos, Sergio A. Moya, César Zúñiga, Cristian Vera-Oyarce, Eduardo Sola, Gabriel Peris, J. Carles Bayón

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The methoxycarbonylation of alkenes catalyzed by palladium(ii) complexes with P,N-donor ligands, 2-(diphenylphosphinoamino)pyridine (Ph 2PNHpy), 2-[(diphenylphosphino)methyl]pyridine (Ph 2PCH2py), and 2-(diphenylphosphino)quinoline (Ph 2Pqn) has been investigated. The results show that the complex [PdCl(PPh3)(Ph2PNHpy)]Cl or an equimolar mixture of [PdCl2(Ph2PNHpy)] and PPh3, in the presence of p-toluensulfonic acid (TsOH), is an efficient catalyst for this reaction. This catalytic system promotes the conversion of styrene into methyl 2-phenylpropanoate and methyl 3-phenylpropanoate with nearly complete chemoselectivity, 98% regioselectivity in the branched isomer, and high turnover frequency, even at alkene/Pd molar ratios of 1000. Best results were obtained in toluene-MeOH (3: 1) solvent. The Pd/Ph2PNHpy catalyst is also efficient in the methoxycarbonylation of cyclohexene and 1-hexene, although with lower rates than with styrene. Related palladium complexes [PdCl(PPh 3)L]Cl (L = Ph2PCH2py and Ph2Pqn) show lower activity in the methoxycarbonylation of styrene than that of the 2-(diphenylphosphinoamino)pyridine ligand. Replacement of the last ligand by (diphenylphosphino)phenylamine (Ph2PNHPh) or 2- (diphenylphosphinoaminomethyl)pyridine (Ph2PNMepy) also reduces significantly the activity of the catalyst, indicating that both the presence of the pyridine fragment as well as the NH group, are required to achieve a high performing catalyst. Isotopic labeling experiments using MeOD are consistent with a hydride mechanism for the [PdCl(PPh3)(Ph2PNHpy)]Cl catalyst. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5419-5426
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2007


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