A lanthanide phosphinidene complex: synthesis, structure, and phospha-Wittig reactivity. Academic Article uri icon


  • The first lanthanide complex featuring a phosphinidene functional group has been prepared and isolated. Preliminary reactivity studies demonstrate that the lutetium(III) phosphinidene complex, [{2-(iPr2P)-4-Me-C6H3}2NLu]2(-PMes)2, behaves as a phospha-Wittig reagent with aldehydes and ketones to give the corresponding phosphaalkenes. Attempts to use the bulky phosphine H2P-2,4,6-tBu3-C6H2 to kinetically stabilize a terminal phosphinidene resulted in C-H activation of an ortho-tBu group and formation of a phosphaindole. Copyright 2008 American Chemical Society.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

author list (cited authors)

  • Masuda, J. D., Jantunen, K. C., Ozerov, O. V., Noonan, K., Gates, D. P., Scott, B. L., & Kiplinger, J. L.

citation count

  • 138

complete list of authors

  • Masuda, Jason D||Jantunen, Kimberly C||Ozerov, Oleg V||Noonan, Kevin JT||Gates, Derek P||Scott, Brian L||Kiplinger, Jaqueline L

publication date

  • January 2008