Cyclic aromatic analogues of the hendrickson reagent; NMR studies and electrophilic properties

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Two novel cyclic aromatic analogues of the Hendrickson POP reagent, 1,1,3,3-tetraphenyl-1,3-dihydro-2,1,3-benzoxadiphosphole-1,3-diium bis(trifluoromethanesulfinate) and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonate), have been readily prepared by the treatment of 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)benzene or 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphoryl)benzene, respectively, with trifluoromethanesulfonic anhydride in dichloromethane. 31P and 19F NMR studies indicated that while the latter complex is formed as the sole product, the former species was shown to be the predominant component in equilibrium with 1-(diphenylphosphino)-2-[diphenyl(trifluoromethylsulfonyloxy)phosphonio]benzene trifluoromethanesulfinate and 1,2-bis[diphenyl(trifluoromethylsulfonyloxy) phosphonio]benzene bis(trifluoromethanesulfinate). The dehydrating POP systems were exploited in the conversion of aldoximes into nitriles. The dehydration occurred rapidly at room temperature and produced high yields with a variety of alkyl- and arylaldoximes, tolerating a wide range of substrates and functional groups.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberT105811SS
Pages (from-to)460-468
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)benzene
  • 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphoryl)benzene
  • Hendrickson reagent
  • aldoximes
  • dehydration
  • nitriles
  • trifluoromethanesulfonic anhydride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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