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Stoichiometric and catalytic Sn-mediated dehydrocoupling of primary phosphines

Mulvey, R.E. and Naseri, Vasel and Less, R.J. and McPartlin, Mary and Wright, Dominic S. (2010) Stoichiometric and catalytic Sn-mediated dehydrocoupling of primary phosphines. Chemical Communications (London), 46 (27). pp. 5000-5002. ISSN 0009-241X

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The room-temperature reactions of stannocene, Cp*2Sn, with a range of primary phosphines, RPH2, result in diphosphanes [RP(H)P(H)R]. The reactions involving Cp*2SnCl2, however, result in catalytic dehydrocoupling; the first example of main group metal catalysed dehydrocoupling to be identified.