Constrained phosphine chalcogenide selenoethers supported by peri-substitution

Anna E. Tarcza, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Cameron L. Carpenter-Warren, Michael Buehl, Petr Kilian, Brian A. Chalmers*

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A series of phosphorus and selenium peri-substituted acenaphthene species with the phosphino group oxidized by O, S, and Se has been isolated and fully characterized, including by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The P(V) and Se(II) systems showed fluxional behavior in solution due to the presence of two major rotamers, as evidenced with solution NMR spectroscopy. Using Variable-Temperature NMR (VT NMR) and supported by DFT (Density Functional Theory) calculations and solid-state NMR, the major rotamers in the solid and in solution were identified. All compounds showed a loss of the through-space JPSe coupling observed in the unoxidized P(III) and Se(II) systems due to the sequestration of the lone pair of the phosphine, which has been previously identified as the major contributor to the coupling pathway.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7297
Number of pages18
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2023


  • Peri-substitution
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorus
  • NMR
  • Single crystal X-ray structures
  • Rotational conformation
  • DFT calculations


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