3-Diphenylphosphinoyl-1-phenylphospholane 1-oxide (2) obtained by the Michael addition of diphenylphosphine oxide to the double-bond of 1-phenyl-2-phospholene 1-oxide (1) was subjected to double deoxygenation to afford the corresponding bisphosphine (3, LuPhos) that was converted to bis(phosphine borane) 4 and to cis chelate platinum(II) complex 6. A mixed phosphine oxide-phosphine borane 5 was also prepared. Stereostructures of the bidentate P-ligand 3 and the ring platinum(II) complex (6) were evaluated by quantum chemical calculations. Complex 6 used as a catalyst showed modest activity, but unusual regioselectivity in the hydroformylation of styrene and its 4-substituted analogues.
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