A stable dialkylphosphinyl radical, 2,2,5,5-tatrakis(trimethylsilyl)-1-phosphacyclopentan-1-yl (RH2P•), showed both irreversible one-electron oxidation and reduction peaks at -0.24 and -2.29 V vs ferrocene/ferrocenium couple. One-electron reduction of RH2P• with KC8 in the presence of 18-crown-6 (18-c-6) or [2.2.2]cryptand (crypt-222) gave the corresponding phosphides [K(18-c-6)]+[RH2P]- and [K(crypt-222)]+[RH2P]-. Whereas [K(18-c-6)]+[RH2P]- exists as a contact ion pair, [K(crypt-222)]+[RH2P]- exists as a solvent-separated ion pair in the solid state. Reaction of RH2P• with AgOTf afforded an unexpected product, a silver(I) phosphaalkene complex. (Chemical Equation Presented).
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry