Main group and transition metal-mediated phosphaalkyne oligomerizations

Andrei Chirila, Robert Wolf, J. Chris Slootweg, Koop Lammertsma

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The first isolable phosphaalkyne was discovered by Becker, Gresser, and Uhl in 1981. Since this initial discovery, the chemistry of phosphaalkynes has continuously attracted attention. Several routes for the preparation of phosphaalkynes have been described and they exist with a wide variety of substituents. Phosphaalkynes are versatile ligands to transition metals, displaying a wide range of coordination modes. Under properly chosen conditions, phosphaalkynes readily undergo oligomerizations. Uncontrolled thermal reactions give rise to mixtures of cage compounds, whereas metal-mediated phosphaalkyne oligomerizations allow increased control, leading selectively to products such as dimers A- C, trimers D- E, tetramers F- I or higher oligomers J- K. This review describes each type of phosphaalkyne oligomerization and focuses on the reactions mediated by main group and transition metals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cage compounds
  • Coordination modes
  • Oligomerization
  • Phosphaalkynes
  • Phosphorus
  • Sandwich complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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