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  • 275 2007 The Japan Chemical Journal Forum and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    Hexacoordinated Phosphates: How toTeach Old Chiral Anions NewAsymmetric Tricks

    JEROME LACOUR, DAVID LINDERDepartment of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva, Quai Ernest Ansermet 30, CH-1211Geneva 4, Switzerland

    Received 8 March 2007; Revised 8 May 2007; Accepted 2 April 2007

    ABSTRACT: Chemical reactions and processes often involve chiral, yet racemic, cationic reagents,intermediates, or products. To afford instead nonracemic or enantiopure compounds, an asymmet-ric ion pairing of the cations with enantiopure anions can be consideredthe counter ions behav-ing as asymmetric auxiliaries, ligands, or reagents. Detailed herein is a short review of our approachtoward gaining reliable and predictable control over stereoselective ion pairing phenomena throughthe synthesis and use of novel configurationally stable hexacoordinated phosphate anions. 2007The Japan Chemical Journal Forum and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Chem Rec 7: 275285; 2007: Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI 10.1002/tcr.20124

    Key words: asymmetric ion pairing; chiral anion; hexacoordinated phosphorus; resolution;supramolecular stereocontrol

    The Chemical Record, Vol. 7, 275285 (2007)

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    Correspondence to: Jrme Lacour; e-mail:jerome.lacour@chiorg.unige.ch

    Introduction

    Cationic species, omnipresent in coordination, organic,organometallic, and supramolecular chemistry, are ofteninvolved in chemical reactions and processes as reagents, inter-mediates, or products. These cationic species can be prochiralor chiral, and many of the resulting products are, unfortu-nately, racemic molecular structures or supramolecular assem-blies. To afford instead nonracemic or enantiopure adducts,and to benefit from new possible applications, a stereoselectiveion pairing of these cations with enantiopure anions can beconsideredthe counter ions behaving as asymmetric auxil-iaries, ligands, or reagents.1

    A wealth of evidence suggests that an ion electrostaticallyremoved from its counterion is never formed in low-polaritysolvents but, instead, an ion pair is produced. The association

    of racemic cations with enantiopure counterions thereforeleads to the formation of diastereomeric ion pairs.2 As a result,large chemical and physical differences can happen among thesalts of the tightly associated ions.

    In early approaches, chiral anions issued or derived fromthe chiral pool have been essentially considered. Numerousapplications have been developed, especially in the field ofenantiomeric resolutions.3 Today, these anions are still usedwith much success.1 Recent developments in this field have,however, also made use of new synthetic anions that are (i)

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    BINOL-based phosphoric acid derivatives,4 (ii) borate anionsmade from amino-acids,5 and (iii) chiral hexacoordinatedphosphate anions; the latter category of anions being particu-larly studied in our group.6 This review will thus survey ourefforts toward the preparation and the use of chiral hexacoor-dinated phosphates as anionic auxiliaries and reagents in par-ticularother anions and their use being detailed recently inanother review.1 Applications of these moieties as NMR chiralsolvating reagents, as resolving agents for organic and inorganiccations, and as chiral auxiliaries for stereoselective processeswill be presented (Scheme 1).

    Chiral Hexacoordinated Phosphate Anions

    The octahedral geometry of pentavalent hexacoordinatedphosphorus allows indeed the formation of chiral anions by

    complexation of a central phosphorus atom with three identi-cal dianionic bidentate ligands. As early as 1965, Hellwinkelreported the synthesis of hexacoordinated phosphate anion 1,which was shown to be chiral through a resolution procedure.7

    The enantiomers exist as or antipodes with a left- andright-handed propeller shape (M or P helicity), respectively.8 Adecade later, Wolf and Koenig studied the chiral tris(benzene-diolato)phosphate anion 2, of particular interest for its easyone-step preparation from catechol, PCl5, and an amine. It wasthen shown that anion 2 unfortunately racemizes rapidly insolution as an ammonium salt.9 This (negative) observation ofa poor configurational stability for 2 in solution resulted in anoverall lack of interest for this type of compounds from thestereochemical community, and this for more than twodecades.

    However, this chemistry of hexacoordinated phosphateanions was recently rejuvenated as chiral tris(tetrachloroben-

    David Linder was educated at the Ecole Nationale Suprieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrandand obtained his Masters from University Paris VI (Jussieu). He is currently studying towardshis Ph.D. in the group of Professor Lacour. His current research interests concern the useof organoruthenium complexes for the development of enantioselective CC bond-formingreactions.

    Jrme Lacour was educated at the Ecole Normale Suprieure (Ulm, Paris) and in 1993obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Pro-fessor Philip D. Magnus. After postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Professor David A. Evansat Harvard University, he joined the Organic Chemistry Department of the University of Genevain 1995. Since 2004, he holds a full Professor position in the department. In 2001, he receivedthe Werner Prize and Medal of the Swiss Chemical Society and in 2005, the Grammaticakis-Neuman Prize of the French Academy of Sciences.

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    zenediolato)phosphate(v) anion 3 was shown to be configura-tionally stable at room temperature in all common organic solvents.10 This D3-symmetric anion, known as TRISPHAT(Scheme 2), can be resolved by association with N-H-cinchonidinium as cationic counterion. Both and enan-tiomers can be isolated on large scale as [cinchonidinium][-3] and [Bu3NH][-3] salts, respectively.

    The synthesis of functionalized /mixed hexacoordinatedphosphate anions containing two tetrachlorocatechols and athird different 1,2-diolato ligand can also be achieved.However, the preparation of such P(VI) anions is not a trivialmatter.11 A practical and general synthetic procedure had to be developed for the making of such novel hexacoordinatedphosphates; anion Bis(tetrachlorobenzenediolato)mono([1,1]binaphthalenyl-2,2-diolato) phosphate(V) anion (BINPHAT)4 (Scheme 3), which includes a BINOL moiety, is the arche-type of such derivatives.12 The procedure for the making ofthese advanced anions involves the in situ formation of a

    spirophosphorane intermediate (5, Scheme 3), which reactswith essentially any diol to generate, in one pot, mixed hexa-coordinated phosphate anions. For instance, BINPHAT anion4 can be prepared in good yields (7085% yield) from tetra-chlorocatechol, P(NMe2), o-chloranil, and BINOL. This pro-tocol was recently streamlinedall reagents being added asessentially one equivalent. It can be scaled up to multigramquantities.13 Starting from enantiopure R- or S-BINOL, thediastereoselectivity of the reaction is high (>96%) and yieldsare reproducible in favor of -4 or -4, respectively; the stere-oselectivity being most probably of kinetic rather than ther-modynamic origin.14

    It is feasible, although with some risks, to change theoxidant (o-chloranil) in this process for another ortho-quinone,but original phosphate anions such as phenanthroline deriva-tive 6 can result from the operation (see Scheme 4).11 The one-pot procedure can be extended to the making of other mixedphosphates by varying the nature of the diol added last in theprotocol (e.g., mannose, tartrate, dihydrobenzoin derivatives79) (Scheme 4).13,15

    Two novel anions containing fluorine substituents atselected positions were reported recently (10a and 10b). Forthe resolution of these two anions, a novel and general proto-col was developed using N-benzyl-cinchonidium chloride as aresolving agent; the and enantiomers of the anions beingafforded in very high chemical and enantiomeric purity.Anions 10a and 10b display unique NMR properties that canbe used for the determination of exact (absolute) ion pairingstructures in solution (Scheme 5).16

    Finally, the synthesis of a novel nitrogen-containing hexa-coordinated phosphate anion 11, named TRISPHATN, wasvery recently reported. This unique anion, through its Lewis

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    Scheme 1. Historical examples of chiral hexacoordinated phosphates.

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    Scheme 2. Synthesis and resolution of TRISPHAT anion 3. (A) PCl5 (0.33equiv), Ph-Me, 70C. (B) nBu3N, CH2Cl2/n-Hexane, 20C. (C) cinchonidine(0.50 equiv), CH2Cl2, 20C.

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