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P−C Bond Activation Chemistry: Evidence for 1,1-Carboboration Reactions Proceeding with Phosphorus−Carbon Bond Cleavage

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posted on 30.03.2011, 00:00 by Olga Ekkert, Gerald Kehr, Roland Fröhlich, Gerhard Erker
A series of diarylphosphinyl-substituted acetylenes of the type (aryl)2P−CC−R (aryl = phenyl or mesityl, R = Ph or n-propyl) react with the strongly Lewis acid reagent B(C6F5)3 in toluene at elevated temperatures (70−105 °C) to give the 1,1-carboboration products 4. Treatment of bis(diphenylphosphinyl)acetylene with B(C6F5)3 under analogous conditions proceeded with phosphinyl migration to yield the 1,1-carboboration product 4d, bearing a geminal pair of Ph2P substituents at one former acetylene carbon atom and a C6F5 substituent and the remaining −B(C6F5)2 group at the other. Prolonged thermolysis of 4d resulted in an intramolecular aromatic substitution reaction by means of Ph2P attack on the adjacent C6F5 ring to yield the zwitterionic phospha-indene derivative 7. The compounds 4a, 4c, 4d, and 7 were characterized by X-ray diffraction.

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