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A highly tunable phosphine-imine ligand family is introduced. Following metallation with ruthenium, deprotonation of the ligand affords a phosphine-enamido species. Complexes with the ligand in both the imine and enamido forms are active toward acceptorless dehydrogenation reactions.
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J.M. Stubbs,† K.F. Firth,† B.J. Bridge, K.J. Berger, R.J. Hazlehurst, P.D. Boyle and J.M. Blacquiere, "Phosphine-Imine and -Enamido Ligands for Acceptorless Dehydrogenation Catalysis"
28 Nov 2016 Dalton Trans., 2017,46, 647-650 https://doi.org/10.1039/C6DT04088H