(2-Biphenylyl)di-tert-butylphosphine, 2-(Di-tert-butylphosphino)biphenyl, (2-Biphenyl)di-tert-butylphosphine
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reaction type: Cross Couplings
reagent type: ligand
reaction type: Buchwald-Hartwig Cross Coupling Reaction

reagent type: ligand
reaction type: C-X Bond Formation

reagent type: ligand
reaction type: Heck Reaction

reagent type: ligand
reaction type: Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling


86-88 °C (lit.)

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General description

JohnPhos is a Buchwald′s sterically bulky biaryl phosphine ligand. It is a reactive dialkylbiaryl phosphine ligand which catalyzes the carbon-nitrogen bond-forming reactions. Coordination chemistry of gold catalysts bearing JohnPhos as ligand has been investigated by NMR spectroscopy.


Bulky biarylphosphine ligand utilized in the palladium catalyzed Stille cross-coupling reaction.
Ligand utilized in amination of aryl halides and aryl triflates.

Catalyst for:
  • Decarboxylative cross-coupling of dialkoxybenzoic acids with diaryl disulfides or diaryl diselenides
  • Stereoselective preparation of imidazolidinones via intramolecular hydroamination of N-allylic-N-arylureas
  • Regioselective arylation of olefins with aryl chlorides
  • Cross-coupling reaction for the synthesis of polyunsaturated macrolactones
  • Regioselective O-alkylation reactions
  • Sonogashira-type cross coupling
JohnPhos, a bulky phosphine ligand, was employed as catalyst in the following studies:
  • Hydrophenoxylation of unactivated internal alkynes.
  • Microwave-mediated Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of benzylic bromides.
  • Pharmaceutical synthesis of novel imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines, having potent activity against the herpes virus.
  • Barluenga′s coupling of vinyl bromides with hydrazines.
  • Pd-catalyzed 2,3-diarylation of α,α-disubstituted-3-thiophenemethanols, via cleavage of C-H and C-C bonds.


1, 5, 25, 100 g in glass bottle

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Aquatic Chronic 4


13 - Non Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


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Alexander Zhdanko et al.
Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), 18(46), 14732-14744 (2012-09-29)
Coordination chemistry of gold catalysts bearing eight different ligands [L=PPh(3), JohnPhos (L2), Xphos (L3), DTBP, IMes, IPr, dppf, S-tolBINAP (L8)] has been studied by NMR spectroscopy in solution at room temperature. Cationic or neutral mononuclear complexes LAuX (L=L2, L3, IMes...
Masaya Nakano et al.
The Journal of organic chemistry, 71(21), 8309-8311 (2006-10-10)
Alpha,alpha-disubstituted 3-thiophenemethanols undergo selective diarylation accompanied by cleavage of the C-H and C-C bonds of the 2- and 3-positions, respectively, upon treatment with aryl bromides in the presence of a palladium catalyst to give the corresponding 2,3-diarylthiophenes in good yields.
Marcia E Richard et al.
Beilstein journal of organic chemistry, 9, 2002-2008 (2013-11-10)
A range of arylgold compounds have been synthesized and investigated as single-component catalysts for the hydrophenoxylation of unactivated internal alkynes. Both carbene and phosphine-ligated compounds were screened as part of this work, and the most efficient catalysts contained either JohnPhos...
Artamkina, Galina A.; et al.
Synlett, 2, 235-238 (2006)
Steven W McDaniel et al.
Tetrahedron letters, 52(43), 5656-5658 (2011-10-04)
A procedure for benzylic Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling under microwave conditions has been developed. These conditions allowed for heterocyclic compounds to be coupled. Optimum conditions found were Pd(OAc)(2), JohnPhos as the catalyst and ligand, potassium carbonate as base, and DMF as the...
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