Functionalization of elemental phosphorus with [Zr(η5- C5Me5) (η5-C5H4tBu)H2]2

Paul J. Chirik, Jaime A. Pool, Emil Lobkovsky

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Hydrogenation of white phosphorus (P4) has been achieved under ambient conditions by reaction with [Zr(η5-C5Me5) (η5-C5H4tBu)H2] to give [{Zr(η5- C5Me5) (η5- C5H4tBu)}2-(P4)H2] (see picture). Preliminary data suggest that the reaction proceeds by a cooperative reductive elimination/insertion sequence involving two zirconium centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3463-3465
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 16 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


  • Elimination
  • Hydrogenation
  • Insertion
  • Phosphorus
  • Zirconium


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