Phosphorous(v) Lewis acids: Water/base tolerant P3-trimethylated trications

J. M. Bayne, V. Fasano, K. M. Szkop, M. J. Ingleson*, D. W. Stephan

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The water/base intolerance of the previously reported electrophilic phosphonium cations has been overcome by replacing the labile electron-withdrawing groups generally attached to phosphorus (e.g. -F, -OAr, -CF3) with methyl groups. Tri-phosphorus(v) tricationic species, accessible in one-pot from commercially available materials, are air and water/base tolerant, yet are sufficiently Lewis acidic for catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12467-12470
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number88
Early online date12 Oct 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Oct 2018


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