One-Pot Synthesis of 1,3-Bis(phosphinomethyl)arene PCP/PNP Pincer Ligands and Their Nickel Complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 American Chemical Society. A one-pot synthesis of arene-based PCP/PNP ligands has been developed. The reaction of 1,3-bis(bromomethyl)benzene or 2,6-bis(bromomethyl)pyridine with various chlorophosphines in acetonitrile afforded bis-phosphonium salts. These salts can then be reduced by magnesium powder to yield PCP or PNP ligands. In comparison to traditional synthetic methods for making PCP/PNP ligands involving the use of secondary phosphines, this new alternative method allows for the use of chlorophosphines, which are cheaper, safer to handle, and have a broader range of commercially available derivatives. This is especially true for the chlorophosphines with less bulky alkyl groups. Moreover, the one-pot procedure can be extended to allow for the direct synthesis of PCP/PNP nickel complexes. By using nickel powder as the reductant, the resulting nickel halide was found to directly undergo metalation with the PCP or PNP ligand to generate nickel complexes in high yields.

published proceedings

  • Organometallics

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Shih, W., & Ozerov, O. V.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Shih, Wei-Chun||Ozerov, Oleg V

publication date

  • September 2015