Building Blocks for Organophosphorus Compounds

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Currently, the majority of the industrially produced organophosphorus compounds are derived from phosphorus halides. This process has serious drawbacks in terms of energy and atom efficiency.

Thus, we investigate the conversion of elemental phosphorus and monophosphanes (PH3) into versatile phosphorus building blocks, including Na(OCP) and heptaphosphides. These are used for the synthesis of a larger number of organophosphorus compounds with applications ranging from photoinitiators and flame retardants to ligands for transition metals and dyes. 

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