The original. First synthesised by Hayashi, Yamamoto and Kumada using the diastereoselective lithiation of N,N-dimethyl-1-ferrocenylethylamine reported previously by Ugi et al. PPFA has principally been employed as an intermediate in the synthesis of many other ligands, there being relatively few reports on the use of this as a ligand in asymmetric catalysis. Examples of Pd, Cu and Ag catalysis that result in >80% ee are listed below. ACE = Asymmetric Catalytic Efficiency. Literature covered until end 2017 (12 entries).
Pd – Asymmetric Negishi cross-coupling TA06-17-2593
Pd – Asymmetric Grignard cross-coupling JOC86-51-3772
Pd – Asymmetric organoindium cross-coupling EJOC13-2555
Cu – 3 + 2 cycloaddition ACSCat17-7-210
One example with (S,Sp)-PN-L2 from a scoping study in which a Ming-Phos ligand gave a similar result (94% ee, 91% conversion, 15 : 1 dr at -40 oC). Further reaction optimisation and exemplification was with a Ming-Phos ligand.
Cu – Imine alkylation TA05-16-2531
Cu – Conjugate addition TA06-17-136
Absolute configuration of products assigned by use of data in TA12-23-130
Cu – Beta (1,4) borylation OL16-18-3926
Silver salt rather than base used to avoid α-carbonyl epimerisation. Use of Phosferrox PN-L1a and Josiphos-1 reported to result in no product formation.
Ag – 3 + 2 cycloaddition JACS07-129-750
Not an example of >80% ee but included as the corresponding ligand with NMe2 replaced by NH2 results in a hydrogen-bonding reversal of enantioselectivity (83% ee).
Ag – 3 + 2 cycloaddition and 1,4-addition OL17-19-5236