The first electrochemical synthesis of diarylphosphole oxides (DPOs) was achieved under mild conditions. The practical protocol employs commercially available and inexpensive DABCO as a hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) mediator, leading to various DPOs in moderate to good yields. This procedure can also be applied to the synthesis of six-membered phosphacycles, such as phenophosphazine derivatives. Mechanistic studies suggested that the reaction proceeds via an electro-generated phosphinyl radical.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry