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The reductive P–P coupling of primary and secondary phosphines mediated by N-heterocyclic carbenes

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Abstract

The dehydrogenative coupling of primary and secondary phosphines with the N-heterocyclic carbene iPr2Im (1,3-di-isopropyl-imidazolin-2-ylidene) has been reported. The dehydrogenation of R2PH affords diphosphines R2P–PR2. The reaction of iPr2Im with ArPH2 leads to the formation of NHC phosphinidene adducts iPr2Im[double bond, length as m-dash]PAr and cyclic oligophosphines P4Ar4, P5Ar5 and P6Ar6, depending on the stoichiometry used. The NHC acts in these reactions as a phosphine activator and hydrogen acceptor.

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The article was received on 26 Mar 2015, accepted on 13 May 2015 and first published on 13 May 2015


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02517F
Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 10138-10141

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    The reductive P–P coupling of primary and secondary phosphines mediated by N-heterocyclic carbenes

    H. Schneider, D. Schmidt and U. Radius, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 10138
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02517F

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