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Metal-Mediated Methods for the Functionalization of White Phosphorus (P4)

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙955˙846 €
 EC max contribution 1˙955˙846 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2023-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET REGENSBURG DE (REGENSBURG) coordinator 1˙955˙846.00


 Project objective

Organophosphorus compounds are an important and industrially relevant class of molecules with numerous uses, e.g. as reagents in organic synthesis, ligands in catalytically active metal complexes, and in pest control. State-of-the-art synthesis methods for all these valuable and useful compounds rely on an atom inefficient and hazardous multi-step procedure involving the oxidation of white phosphorus (P4) with toxic chlorine gas. Less wasteful and more environmentally benign methods are highly desirable, but transformations of white phosphorus directly into organophosphorus compounds are hardly developed. This project explores new methods for the activation and functionalization of white phosphorus. The metal-mediated stepwise transformation of P4 into organophosphorus compounds is a key objective. Novel transition metal compounds are designed and synthesized, which can generate reactive phosphorus units. The concept of heterobimetallic P4 activation, where two electronically different metal complexes interact with P4 cooperatively, is introduced for this purpose. Reactions of the phosphorus fragments in these new, reactive complexes with electrophiles will produce novel, fundamentally interesting organophosphorus compounds avoiding chlorinated intermediates. Catalytic methods for P4 functionalization are currently unknown, and developing such methods using transition metal and photoredox catalysts is an additional objective of this proposal. By providing novel synthetically useful and even catalytic procedures for converting P4 into organophosphorus compounds, this project will significantly contribute to the development of phosphorus chemistry and more sustainable synthesis methods.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ulrich Lennert, Percia Beatrice Arockiam, Verena Streitferdt, Daniel J. Scott, Christian Rödl, Ruth M. Gschwind, Robert Wolf
Direct catalytic transformation of white phosphorus into arylphosphines and phosphonium salts
published pages: 1101-1106, ISSN: 2520-1158, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-019-0378-4
Nature Catalysis 2/12 2020-04-03
2019 Gabriele Hierlmeier, Peter Coburger, Michael Bodensteiner, Robert Wolf
Di‐ tert ‐butyldiphosphatetrahedrane: Catalytic Synthesis of the Elusive Phosphaalkyne Dimer
published pages: 16918-16922, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201910505
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/47 2020-04-03
2020 Christoph G. P. Ziegler, Felix Hennersdorf, Jan J. Weigand, Robert Wolf
Iron-Gallium and Cobalt-Gallium Tetraphosphido Complexes
published pages: , ISSN: 0044-2313, DOI: 10.1002/zaac.201900351
Zeitschrift für anorganische und allgemeine Chemie 2020-04-03
2019 Anup K. Adhikari, Christoph G. P. Ziegler, Kai Schwedtmann, Clemens Taube, Jan. J. Weigand, Robert Wolf
Functionalization of Pentaphosphorus Cations by Complexation
published pages: 18584-18590, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201908998
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/51 2020-04-03
2019 Christoph G. P. Ziegler, Thomas M. Maier, Stefan Pelties, Clemens Taube, Felix Hennersdorf, Andreas W. Ehlers, Jan J. Weigand, Robert Wolf
Construction of alkyl-substituted pentaphosphido ligands in the coordination sphere of cobalt
published pages: 1302-1308, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c8sc04745f
Chemical Science 10/5 2020-04-03
2018 Christian M. Hoidn, Christian Rödl, Madison L. McCrea-Hendrick, Theresa Block, Rainer Pöttgen, Andreas W. Ehlers, Philip P. Power, Robert Wolf
Synthesis of a Cyclic Co 2 Sn 2 Cluster Using a Co – Synthon
published pages: 13195-13199, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b08517
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/41 2019-04-16

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