Carbon-halide oxidative addition and carbon-carbon reductive elimination at a (PNP)Rh center.
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An unsaturated (PNP)Rh fragment can be generated by means of C-C reductive elimination from (PNP)Rh(Me)(Ar) or (PNP)Rh(Ar)(Ar). This fragment undergoes carbon-halogen oxidative addition with aryl chlorides, bromides, and iodides at room temperature. The C-H oxidative addition products in reactions with haloarenes are not observed, and evidence is presented that carbon-halogen oxidative addition is thermodynamically preferred. C-C reductive elimination from (PNP)Rh(Me)(Ar) and (PNP)Rh(Ar)(Ar) proceeds near quantitatively as a clean, first-order reaction.