Heterolytic splitting of H-X bonds at a cationic (PNP)Pd center. Academic Article uri icon


  • The (PNP)PdOTf complex is a suitable synthetic equivalent of the [(PNP)Pd](+) fragment in reactions with various HX substrates. The [(PNP)Pd](+) fragment either simply binds HX molecules as L-type ligands (X = NH(2), PCy(2), imidazolyl) or heterolytically splits the H-X bond to produce [(PN(H)P)Pd-X](+) (X = H, CCR, SR). DFT calculations analyze the relative energetics of the two outcomes and agree with the experimental data. Calculations also allow to assess the unobserved Pd(IV) isomer [(PNP)Pd(H)(2)](+) and validate its unfavourability with respect to the Pd(II) isomer [(PN(H)P)PdH](+).

published proceedings

  • Dalton Trans

author list (cited authors)

  • Gregor, L. C., Chen, C., Fafard, C. M., Fan, L., Guo, C., Foxman, B. M., Gusev, D. G., & Ozerov, O. V.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Gregor, Lauren C||Chen, Chung-Hsing||Fafard, Claudia M||Fan, Lei||Guo, Chengyun||Foxman, Bruce M||Gusev, Dmitry G||Ozerov, Oleg V

publication date

  • April 2010