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Efficient alkene hydrosilation with bis(8-quinolyl)phosphine (NPN) nickel catalysts. The dominant role of silyl-over hydrido-nickel catalytic intermediates.

  • Author(s): Yang, Jian
  • Postils, Verònica
  • Lipschutz, Michael I
  • Fasulo, Meg
  • Raynaud, Christophe
  • Clot, Eric
  • Eisenstein, Odile
  • Tilley, T Don
  • et al.

A cationic nickel complex of the bis(8-quinolyl)(3,5-di-tert-butylphenoxy)phosphine (NPN) ligand, [(NPN)NiCl]+, is a precursor to efficient catalysts for the hydrosilation of alkenes with a variety of hydrosilanes under mild conditions and low catalyst loadings. DFT studies reveal the presence of two coupled catalytic cycles based on [(NPN)NiH]+ and [(NPN)NiSiR3]+ active species, with the latter being more efficient for producing the product. The preferred silyl-based catalysis is not due to a more facile insertion of alkene into the Ni-Si (vs. Ni-H) bond, but by consistent and efficient conversions of the hydride to the silyl complex.

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