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A Molecular Model To Explain and Predict the Stereoselectivity in Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydroformylation

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Anorganisch-chemisches Institut, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, D-85747 Garching, Germany, and Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive, Northwest, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Cite this: Organometallics 1998, 17, 11, 2141–2143
Publication Date (Web):May 5, 1998
Copyright © 1998 American Chemical Society

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    By example of the bidentate phosphine−phosphite ligand BINAPHOS 1, [(2-diphenylphosphino)-1,1‘-binaphthalen-2‘-yl)(1,1‘-binaphthalen-2,2‘-diyl)phosphite], a semiquantitative theoretical model elucidates the origin of stereodifferentiation in rhodium-catalyzed hydroformylation. It is demonstrated that the outstanding properties of 1 are due to the synergistic combination of three factors:  (i) pronounced coordination preferences for steric and electronic reasons; (ii) adequate number of chirality centers; (iii) correct configuration of the binaphthyl fragments. The model is, in principle, applicable to all kinds of bidentate phosphine ligands.

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     Dedicated to Professor Heinrich Nöth on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

     Technische Universität München.


     University of Calgary.


     To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail:  [email protected].

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