Olefin cycloadditions of the electrophilic phosphinidene complex [iPr2N-P=Fe(CO)4]

Jan B.M. Wit, Gerno T. Van Eijkel, Franciscus J.J. De Kanter, Marius Schakel, Andreas W. Ehlers, Martin Lutz, Anthony L. Spek, Koop Lammertsma

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Highly strained methylenephosphiranes are formed in the reaction of the new electrophilic phosphinidene complex [iPr2N-P = Fe(CO)4] with allenes. Remarkably, reaction with diallenes at 0 °C also leads to a phosphirane, which rearranges upon warming to room temperature to a bis- isopropylidenephospholene (see scheme).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2596-2599
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Ab initio calculations
  • Carbonyl complexes
  • Iron
  • Phosphinidene complexes
  • Phosphorus heterocycles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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