Bis(triphenylphosphine)nickel chloride

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Bis(triphenylphosphine)nickel chloride
CAS number (tetrahedral form) 14264-16-5 (square planar form) 39716-73-9 (tetrahedral form) 14264-16-5 (square planar form)
Molecular formula C36H30Cl2NiP2
Appearance purple-blue (tetrahedral) or red (sq. planar)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Bis(triphenylphosphine)nickel(II) chloride is a metal phosphine complex with the formula NiCl2[P(C6H5)3]2. It is a dark blue crystalline solid. It is used as a catalyst for organic synthesis.[1]

Synthesis and structure[edit]

Bis(triphenylphosphine)nickel chloride is a commercially available reagent. The blue isomer is prepared by treating hydrated nickel chloride with triphenylphosphine in alcohols or glacial acetic acid:[1]

NiCl2•6H2O + 2 PPh3 → NiCl2(PPh3)2 + 6 H2O

When allowed to crystallise from chlorinated solvents, the tetrahedral isomer converts to the square planar isomer.

The square planar form is red and diamagnetic. The phosphine ligands are trans with respective Ni-P and Ni-Cl distances of 2.24 and 2.17 Å.[2] The blue form is paramagnetic and features tetrahedral Ni(II) centers. In this isomer, the Ni-P and Ni-Cl distances are elongated at 2.32 and 2.21 Å.[3]

As illustrated by the title complexes, tetrahedral and square planar isomers coexist in solutions of various four-coordinated nickel(II) complexes. Weak field ligands, as judged by the spectrochemical series, favor tetrahedral geometry and strong field ligands favor the square planar isomer. Both weak field (Cl-) and strong field (PPh3) ligands comprise NiCl2(PPh3)2, hence this compound is borderline between the two geometries. Steric effects also affect the equilibrium; larger ligands favoring the less crowded tetrahedral geometry.[4]


The complex was first described by Walter Reppe who popularized its use in alkyne trimerisations and carbonylations.[5] Bis(triphenylphosphine)nickel chloride is a catalyst in Suzuki reactions as an alternative to the traditional palladium(0) catalysts because nickel is cheaper and more abundant. It is not a full substitute since nickel has different catalytic properties than palladium.[6]


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  4. ^ Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0080379419. 
  5. ^ Reppe, Walter; Sweckendiek, Walter "Cyclisierende Polymerisation von Acetylen. III Benzol, Benzolderivate und hydroaromatische Verbindungen" Joachim Justus Liebigs Annalen der Chemie 1948, vol. 560, pp. 104-16.doi:10.1002/jlac.19485600104
  6. ^ Han, Fu-She (2013). "Transition-metal-catalyzed Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reactions: A remarkable advance from palladium to nickel catalysts". Chemical Society Reviews 42 (12): 5270–98. doi:10.1039/c3cs35521g. PMID 23460083.