Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2008

Capstone Advisor

John D. Chisholm, Ph. D

Honors Reader

Michael Sponsler, Ph. D

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Sciences and Engineering

Subject Categories



Ligand effects play an important role in reactivity and selectivity in many transition metal catalyzed processes. The role of the phosphine ligand is critical to the product ratio in rhodium-catalyzed reaction of methyl vinyl ketone and terminal alkynes. For a ligand with a hemilabile oxygen on the phosphine, smaller ligands shift the product ratio in favor of the 1,4-addition product while with bulky oxygen ligands a dimerization/addition product manifold is dominant. Ligand screen results show that tri-o-tolylphosphine (TOTP) provided the best yields and highest selectivity for dimer-addition product.

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