Phosphoramidate-mediated conversion of carbonyl ligands into isocyanide ligands: A new approach to chiral isocyanide ligands

Susan E. Gibson, Hasim Ibrahim, Corinne Pasquier, Mark A. Peplow, Julia M. Rushton, Jonathan W. Steed, Ojit Sur

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Abstract

Metal isocyanides have been used and studied by organometallic chemists for many years and, as a result, they have a rich and interesting chemistry. The nature of metal-free isocyanides and the methods of making isocyanide complexes, however, has resulted in the vast majority of studies to date being performed with structurally simple isocyanides. We report here a new approach to the synthesis of isocyanide ligands that involves the reaction of a metal carbonyl ligand with the anion of a phosphoramidate. As phosphoramidates can be synthesised in one step from amines, our method means that the structural diversity of readily available amines, particularly chiral amines, can now be incorporated into isocyanide ligands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-276
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 4 2002

Keywords

  • Amines
  • Asymmetric synthesis
  • Carbonyl ligands
  • Iron
  • Isocyanide ligands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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