Terphenyl(bisamino)phosphines: Electron-rich Ligands for Gold-Catalysis

Terphenyl(bisamino)phosphines have been identified as effective ligands in cationic gold(I) complexes for the hydroamination of acetylenes. These systems are related to Buchwald phosphines and their steric properties have been evaluated. Effective hydroamination was noted even at low catalyst loadings and a series of cationic gold(I) complexes has been structurally characterized clearly indicating stabilizing effects through gold-arene interactions.