The Reactivity of a Terminal Phosphinidene Complex toward Styrenes

Koop Lammertsma, Pooran Chand, Suh Wan Yang, Jui Te Hung

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The Hammett reaction constant for the reaction of the terminal phosphinidene complex [Ph—P=W(CO)5], as generated from the appropriate 7-phosphanorbornadiene complex, toward styrenes is reported and compared to those of “free” carbenes. The mild electrophilicity supports the unencumbered carbene-like nature of the phosphinidene complex and suggests a concerted addition to olefins with a slightly polar transition state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1875-1876
Number of pages2
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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