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CAS number 2071-20-7 YesY
ChemSpider 67509 YesY
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C25H22P2
Molar mass 384.39 g/mol
Appearance White powder or crystalline powder
Melting point 118-122 °C
Solubility in water Insoluble in water
MSDS External MSDS
R-phrases 36/37/38
S-phrases 22-24/25
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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1,1-Bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (dppm), is an organophosphorus compound with the formula CH2(PPh2)2. Dppm, a white, crystalline powder, is used in inorganic and organometallic chemistry as a ligand.[1] It is more specifically a chelating ligand because it is a ligand that is attached to the central metals (the phosphorus) by bonds from two or more donor atoms.

Synthesis and reactivity[edit]

1,1-Bis(diphenylphosphino)methane was first prepared by the reaction of sodium diphenylphosphide (Ph2PNa) with dichloromethane:[2]

Ph3P + 2 Na → Ph2PNa + NaPh
2NaPPh2 + CH2Cl2 → Ph2PCH2PPh2 + 2 NaCl

The methylene group (CH2) in dppm (and especially its complexes) are mildly acidic. The ligand can be oxidized to give the corresponding oxides and sulfides CH2[P(E)Ph2]2 (E = O, S). The methylene group is even more acidic in these derivatives.

Coordination chemistry[edit]

As a chelating ligand, 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)methane forms a four-membered ring with the constituents MP2C. The ligand promotes the formation of bimetallic complexes that feature five-membered M2P2C rings. In this way, dppm promotes the formation of bimetallic complexes. One such example is the dipalladium chloride, Pd2Cl2(dppm)2. In this complex, the oxidation state for the Pd centres are I. Bis(diphenylphosphino)methane gives rise to a family of coordination compounds known as A-frame complexes.[3]

Ball-and-stick model of [Pd2Cl2(dppm)2].[4]


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  2. ^ W. Hewertson and H. R. Watson (1962). "The preparation of di- and tri-tertiary phosphines". J. Chem. Soc. 12: 1490–1494. doi:10.1039/JR9620001490. 
  3. ^ Albéniz, Ana C. and Espinet, Pablo (2006). "Palladium: Inorganic & Coordination Chemistry". Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. doi:10.1002/0470862106.ia178. ISBN 0-470-86078-2. 
  4. ^ G. Besenyei, L. Párkányia, E. Gács-Baitza, B. R. James (January 2002). "Crystallographic characterization of the palladium(I) dimers, syn-Pd2Cl2(dppmMe)2 and Pd2Cl2(dppm)2; solution conformational behavior of syn- and anti-Pd2Cl2(dppmMe)2 and their (μ-Se) adducts [dppmMe=μ-1,1-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane, and DPPM=μ-bis(diphenylphosphino)methane]". Inorg. Chim. Acta 327 (1): 179–187. doi:10.1016/S0020-1693(01)00682-X.