The reactions of platinum(0) and palladium(0) tertiary phosphine complexes with phenyl dicyanooxiranes

Robert B. Osborne*, James A. Ibers

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The phenyldicyanooxiranes, trans-2,3-dicyano-2,3-diphenyloxirane, 2,2-dicyano-3,3-diphenyloxirane, and 2,2-dicyano-3-phenyloxirane, are cleaved by platinum(0) tertiary phosphine complexes to afford zerovalent metal—olefin complexes and phosphine oxides. The π-olefin products were characterized by 1H and 31P{1H} NMR spectroscopy and by an X-ray structure determination of Pt[trans-Ph(CN)CC(CN)Ph](PPh3)2·CH3OH. Deoxygenation of the ring proceeds with retention of configuration in the final two-carbon olefin fragment. The π-complex Pt[Ph2CC(CN)2](PPh3)2 is isolable, but the olefin dissociates in the presence of alternative ligands. While Pd[Ph(H)CC(CN)2](PPh3)2 may be isolated, the analogous complex with Ph2CC(CN)2 cannot be.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-385
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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