Functionalization of P4 through Direct P−C Bond Formation

Jaap E. Borger, Andreas W. Ehlers, J. Chris Slootweg, Koop Lammertsma

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Research on chlorine-free conversions of P4 into organophosphorus compounds (OPCs) has a long track record, but methods that allow desirable, direct P−C bond formations have only recently emerged. These include the use of metal organyls, carbenes, carboradicals, and photochemical approaches. The versatile product scope enables the preparation of both industrially relevant organophosphorus compounds, as well as a broad range of intriguing new compound classes. Herein we provide a concise overview of recent breakthroughs and outline the acquired fundamental insights to aid future developments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11738-11746
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2017


  • main group chemistry
  • nucleophilic addition
  • organophosphorus compounds
  • phosphorus
  • phosphorus anions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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