Synthesis of Chiral Cationic (Diimino- and diaminodiphosphane)ruthenium Complexes and Their Applications in Catalytic Oxidation (see abstract)

Rick W K WONG*, Xiao Ping Chen, Tat Wai Chik, Wai Yeung WONG, Jian Ping Guo, Fu Wa LEE

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Abstract

Halide abstraction of trans-[RuCl24-(1R,2R)-PNNP}] {(1R,2R)-PNNP = (1R,2R)-N,N′ -bis[2-(diphenylphosphanyl)-benzylidene]-1,2-diiminocyclohexane} and trans-[RuCl24-(1R,2R)-P(NH)(NH)P}] {(1R,2R)-P(NH)(NH)P = (1R,2R)-N,N′ -bis[2-(diphenylphosphanyl)benzylidene]-1,2-diaminocyclohexane} with AgBF 4 in acetonitrile at ambient temperature gave cis-[RuCl(CH 3CN){κ4-(1R,2R)-PNNP}][BF4] (1) and cis-[RuCl(CH3CN){κ4-(1R,2R)-P(NH)(NH)P}][BF 4] (2), respectively. When I was refluxed in pyridine (py), the coordinated CH3CN was replaced by pyridine to form cis-[RuCl(py){κ4-(1R,2R)-PNNP}][BF4] (3). However, when 2 was refluxed in pyridine, one of the amino moieties (-CH 2-NH-)was oxidized to an imino moiety (-CH=N-) with concomitant displacement of the coordinated CH3CN by pyridine to produce cis-RuCl(py){κ4-(1R,2R)-P(N)(NH)P}][BF4] (4). The structures of 3 and 4 were ascertained by X-ray crystallography. Compounds 1-4 are effective catalysts for the epoxidation of various olefins with air. A turnover frequency of up to 733 h-1 and an enantiomeric excess of up to 24% were obtained for the epoxidation of styrene catalysed by 2. Compound 2 can also catalyse the epoxidation, dehydrogenation and C-H activation of various olefins, alcohols and alkanes by tert-butyl hydroperoxide with high chemical selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3539-3546
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2003

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Catalysis
  • Chiral complexes
  • N,P ligands
  • Oxidation
  • Ruthenium

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