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The activation barrier to axial torsion in 2,2'-bis(diphenylphosphino)biphenyl

After selective deuteration of 2,2'-bis(diphenylphosphino)biphenyl, it was possible to det. the NMR coalescence temp. of the diastereotopic Ph groups. On this basis, a torsional barrier of 22 kcal/mol was calcd. Thus, the bisphosphine, even if it could be resolved into pure enantiomers, would rapidly re-racemize at temps. around or >25 Deg. [on SciFinder (R)]


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