Catalysis Letters

, Volume 145, Issue 7, pp 1396–1402 | Cite as

Methoxycarbonylation of Styrene Using a New Type of Palladium Complexes Bearing P,N-donor Ligands as Catalysts

  • Gabriel Abarca
  • Kareen Brown
  • Sergio A. Moya
  • J. Carles Bayón
  • Pedro A. Aguirre


Palladium complexes of the type [Pd(L)Cl(PPh3)]Cl (L = 2-diphenylphosphinoamino)pyrimidine, or 2-diphenylphosphinoaniline), generated in situ by addition of one equivalent of PPh3 to the corresponding neutral complexes [Pd(L)Cl2], were tested as catalysts for the methoxycarbonylation of styrene. The catalyst containing the pyrimidinyl ligand shows almost complete chemo- and regioselectivity together with a high conversion rate. However, in identical conditions, the [Pd(Ph2PNHC6H4PPh2)Cl2] complex, where the P,N-ligand has been replaced by a related bidentate P-donor one, shows a significantly lesser performance.

Graphical Abstract


Palladium catalyst Phosphorus nitrogen ligand Methoxycarbonylation Styrene Homogeneous catalysis 



We are grateful for the financial support provided by Fondecyt-Chile (Grant 1120149) and to Daniel Peral (UAB) for his valuable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Abarca
    • 1
  • Kareen Brown
    • 2
  • Sergio A. Moya
    • 2
  • J. Carles Bayón
    • 3
  • Pedro A. Aguirre
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y FarmacéuticasUniversidad de ChileSantiago 1Chile
  2. 2.Facultad de Química y BiologíaUniversidad de Santiago de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Departament de QuímicaUniversitat Autonòma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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