Fluoroalkyl-containing phosphines

Alan K. Brisdon, Christopher J. Herbert

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    This review describes recent advances in the synthesis, chemistry and applications of phosphine ligands containing one or more perfluoroalkyl, Rf, substituent. The methods reviewed are capable of generating a wide variety of monodentate, bidentate and PCP-pincer ligands containing Rf groups. Based on the chemistry of complexes containing these ligands, and compilations of their spectroscopic data and structural parameters it is shown that fluoroalkyl-containing phosphines have a distinct combination of steric and electronic properties, often quite different to fluoroaryl analogues. The catalytic activities displayed by complexes of these ligands are described. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)880-901
    Number of pages21
    JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
    Issue number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


    • Catalysis
    • Fluoroalkyl
    • Phosphines
    • Review
    • Spectroscopic data
    • Transition metal complexes


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