Oxidative Addition Reactions of Silyl Halides with the (PNP)Rh Fragment Academic Article uri icon


  • The (PNP)Rh fragment, where PNP is the bis(o-diisopropylphosphinophenyl) amide "pincer" ligand, has been shown to undergo a series of silicon-halogen oxidative addition reactions. (PNP)Rh(SPri2) (1) reacted with certain silyl halides with formation of (PNP)Rh(Silyl)(Hal) and release of SPr2i. The reactions with 1.1 equiv of Me3Si-I, Cl3Si-Cl, or MeCl 2Si-Cl proceeded to completion, the reactions with 1.1 equiv of Me2ClSi-Cl or Me3Si-Br produced an equilibrium mixture of (PNP)Rh(Silyl)(Hal) and (PNP)Rh(SPri2) (1), and the reaction with Me3Si-Cl did not proceed at all. (PNP)Rh(SiMe 3)(Cl) was instead prepared via the reaction of (PNP)Rh(Me)(CH 2Ph) with Me3Si-Cl, which proceeds with concomitant elimination of ethylbenzene. The reaction of (PNP)Rh(SPri2) (1) with Me2SiHCl led to the exclusive formation of (PNP)Rh(SiMe2Cl)(H) (14), containing a borderline SiH contact. (PNP)Rh(SPr2i) (1) and (PNP)Rh(SiMe 2Cl)(Cl) (7) displayed similar rates in the reaction with PhBr that results in (PNP)Rh(Ph)(Br), presumably via the rate-limiting elimination of either SPr2i or Me2SiCl2. 2008 American Chemical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gatard, S., Chen, C., Foxman, B. M., & Ozerov, O. V.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Gatard, Sylvain||Chen, Chun-Hsing||Foxman, Bruce M||Ozerov, Oleg V

publication date

  • December 2008