Unconjugated diimine palladium complexes as Heck coupling catalysts

Simphiwe M. Nelana, Jezreel Cloete, George C. Lisensky, Ebbe Nordlander, Ilia A. Guzei, Selwyn F. Mapolie, James Darkwa

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Four unconjugated diimine palladium complexes have been synthesized, and spectroscopically and structurally characterized. All four palladium complexes were used as catalysts in the Heck coupling reaction between iodobenzene and methyl acrylate or butyl acrylate with very good conversion to either methyl (2E)-3-phenylacrylate or butyl (2E)-3-phenylacrylate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2008


  • Crystal structures
  • Heck coupling catalysts
  • Palladium complexes
  • Unconjugated diimine ligands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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