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Phenylmagnesium chloride is used primarily to add an iso-propyl group to carbonyl groups. This reagent can also be used as a strong base in aprotic solvents. It is also used as a Grignard reagent in greener solvent, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MeTHF).
Bogdan Boduszek; Henry J.Shine; T.Krishnan Venkatachalam. Reactions of phenylmagnesium chloride and phenyllithium with thianthrene cation radical perchlorate. Evidence for electron transfer: formation and decomposition of 5-substituted thianthreniumyl perchlorates. J. Org. Chem. 1989, 54, (7),1616-1626
Henry Gilman; Nina B. St. John. The preparation of phenylmagnesium chloride. Recueil des Travaux Chimiques des Pays-Bas. 1930, 49, (8),717-723
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H225-H261-H302-H312-H333-H314-H318
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. In contact with water releases flammable gas. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin. May be harmful if inhaled. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
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