Variable-Temperature NMR Studies of Soluble Polymer-Supported Phosphine−Silver Complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • The use of polymers as supports for organometallic catalysts has received wide attention. However, catalyst reactivity is sometimes altered as a consequence of catalyst immobilization by a polymeric ligand and such altered reactivity can complicate such supported catalysts' use. The results in this study show that heptane phase selectively soluble polyisobutylene (PIB)-bound phosphine ligands have essentially identical kinetic behavior when compared to electronically similar isobutyldiphenylphosphine analogues in phosphine coordination and exchange in silver(I) halide complexes. These studies used variable-temperature (31)P NMR spectroscopy to probe the silver-phosphine exchange processes for both AgI and AgCl complexes of these polymeric and low molecular weight phosphine ligands. The results show that the dynamic behavior of the PIB- and isobutyldiphenylphosphine-AgX complexes is nearly identical based on line-shape analysis of these (31)P NMR spectra as a function of temperature. Similar studies of more polar poly(ethylene glycol)triarylphosphine-bound AgX complexes and electronically analogous low molecular weight AgX complexes have similar behavior in variable-temperature (31)P NMR spectroscopy.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bergbreiter, D. E., & Yang, Y.

publication date

  • January 1, 2010 11:11 AM