A class of chiral 1,3-bis(diarylphosphinoethyl)benzenes, which are key intermediates for the synthesis of PCP-type chiral pincer ligands, were prepared in high diastereomeric ratios and excellent ee values via double asymmetric hydrogenation of the corresponding bis(diarylvinylphosphine oxide) substrates using a SpinPhox/Ir(I) complex as the catalyst. The hydrogenation product 5a was readily transformed into the corresponding borane-protected chiral PCP-type pincer ligand 7a with high enantiomeric excess, exemplifying a viable synthetic route to optically active chiral PCP pincer ligands.
Liu X,Han ZB,Wang Z,et al. Synthesis of chiral 1,3-bis(1-(diarylphosphoryl)ethyl)-benzenes via Ir-catalyzed double asymmetric hydrogenation of bis(diarylvinylphosphine oxides)[J]. Sci. China-Chem.,2014,57(8):1073-1078.