Mechanisms of cyaphide (C[triple bond]P(-)) formation

A.W. Ehlers, J.G. Cordaro, D.J. Stein, H. Grutzmacher

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(Chemical Equation Presented) Rock 'n' roll cyaphide: Although the kinetic product B is an observable intermediate of nucleophilic attack on the low-coordinate phosphorus atom in A, it is not directly involved in the mechanism leading to cyaphide complex F. Instead, DFT calculations suggest that nucleophilic attack at silicon (→C) initiates decomposition via D to F. In contrast to cyanide complexes, isocyaphide E is only a transition state for C≡P-ligand rotation D⇌D′. © 2007 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7878-81
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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