2013 Volume 42 Issue 12 Pages 1478-1480
Steady-state photolysis of an acetonitrile solution of triarylphosphine (Ar3P) was carried out using a xenon lamp. The major products resulting from photolysis under deoxygenated conditions and under air were diaryl(cyanomethyl)phosphine Ar2PCH2CN and triarylphosphine oxide Ar3P=O, respectively. Intrinsically, Ar3P in the excited state undergoes homolytic cleavage of a P–C bond; however, electron transfer to O2 is predominant under air. Reactivity of Ar3P in the excited state is readily controlled by the choice of atmosphere used in the reaction.
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