This review presents developments in the young field of dehydrogenative coupling reactions of phosphines. Catalytic phosphorus – element bond formation via dehydrocoupling has rapidly expanded since the first discoveries in the mid 1990s. A survey of the available catalysts, P – P and P – E products, and mechanistic understanding is presented with emphasis on the emerging synthetic applications of this reaction.
Keywords: dehydrogenative, phosphines, Catalytic phosphorus, –, element, dehydrocoupling, catalysts
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