A paper by Ethan Hu, Corrie Burlas, Sabrina Curley, Tomasz Gruchala and Fengrui Qu entitled, "Effect of Aryl Ligand Identity on Catalytic Performance of Trineopentylphosphine Arylpalladium Complexes in N-Arylation Reactions," has been published in Organometallics. The paper describes the role of steric effects of aryl ligands on the performance of palladium catalysts in C-N cross-coupling reactions.
A paper by Dr. Ethan Hu entitled, "Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Coordination Chemistry of (Trineopentylphosphine)palladium(aryl)bromide Dimer Complexes ([(Np3P)Pd(Ar)Br]2)," was published in Inorganic Chemistry. Co-authors on the paper are, Monica Vasiliu, Deidra Gerlach, Fengrui Qu, Trent Stein, Dr. David Dixon, and Kevin Shaughnessy. The paper describes the structure of the trineopentylphosphine ligand in [(Np3P)Pd(Ar)Br]2 complexes as a function of the steric demand of the aryl group. The trineopentylphosphine is highly flexible allowing it to accommodate other sterically demanding ligands.
A review entitled, "Development of Palladium Precatalysts that Efficiently Generate LPd(0) Active Species," has been published in the Israel Journal of Chemistry. This article was an invited contribution for a special issue honoring John Hartwig and Stephen Buchwald on receiving the Wolf Prize in Chemistry.