2-(Di-tert-butylphosphino)-2′,4′,6′- triisopropyl-3,6-dimethoxy-1,1′-biphenyl, t-BuBrettPhos, tertButylBrettPhos, t-BuBrett-Phos, t-Bu Brett Phos, t-BuBrett Phos, tert-ButylBrettPhos, [3,6-Dimethoxy-2′,4′,6′-tris(1-methylethyl) [1,1′-biphenyl]-2-yl]bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)phosphine
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reaction type: Cross Couplings
reagent type: ligand
reaction type: Arylations

reagent type: ligand
reaction type: Buchwald-Hartwig Cross Coupling Reaction

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

reagent type: ligand
reaction type: Fluorinations


166-170 °C

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General description

tBuBrettPhos is a dialkylbiaryl phosphine ligand developed by the Buchwald group. It promotes cross-coupling reactions more efficiently and exhibits improved reactivity compared to other catalytic systems.


Common applications
  • Buchwald-Hartwig amination and C-O coupling
  • Suzuki, Negishi, Stille, Hiyama, Sonogashira cross-couplings
  • α-Arylation reaction

New Applications:
  • Conversion of aryl and vinyl triflates to bromides and chlorides
  • Conversion of aryl triflates to aryl fluorides
  • O-Arylation of ethyl acetohydroximate
  • Conversion of aryl chlorides and sulfonates to nitroaromatics


1, 5, 50 g in glass bottle
100, 500 mg in glass bottle

Features and Benefits

  • White crystalline solid
  • Air- and moisture-stable
  • Thermally stable
  • Highly efficient
  • Wide functional group tolerance
  • Excellent selectivity and conversion

Legal Information

Usage subject to US Patent 7,858,784


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


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Pd-Catalyzed Conversion of Aryl Chlorides, Triflates, and Nonaflates to Nitroaromatics.
Fors BP, et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131, 12898-12898 (2009)
Pd-Catalyzed O-Arylation of Ethyl Acetohydroximate: Synthesis of O-Arylhydroxylamines and Substituted Benzofuran
Maimone TJ, et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132, 9990-9990 (2010)
Formation of ArF from LPdAr (F): Catalytic conversion of aryl triflates to aryl fluorides.
Watson DA, et al.
Science, 325, 1661-1661 (2009)
Xiaoqiang Shen et al.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(40), 14076-14078 (2010-09-23)
The palladium-catalyzed conversion of aryl and vinyl triflates to aryl and vinyl halides (bromides and chlorides) has been developed using dialkylbiaryl phosphine ligands. A variety of aryl, heteroaryl, and vinyl halides can be prepared via this method in good to...
David S Surry et al.
Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 47(34), 6338-6361 (2008-07-30)
Palladium-catalyzed amination reactions of aryl halides have undergone rapid development in the last 12 years, largely driven by the implementation of new classes of ligands. Biaryl phosphanes have proven to provide especially active catalysts in this context. This Review discusses...

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