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1034-39-5 - Triphenylphosphine dibromide, 96% - Dibromotriphenylphosphorane - A11552 - Alfa Aesar

A11552 Triphenylphosphine dibromide, 96%

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10g 37.50
50g 159.00
250g 659.00
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Triphenylphosphine dibromide, 96%


Chemical Properties

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Melting point
ca 260° dec.
Moisture Sensitive
Soluble in water, dichloromethane, acetonitrile, phenyl cyanide, dimethyl formamide, ether, chloroform, alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, acetic acid and carbon disulfide. Sparingly soluble in phenyl chloride, triphenylphosphine and phenyl hydride. Insoluble in aqueous bromine.


Triphenylphosphine dibromide is used as a reagent for conversion of aldoximes into nitriles. It acts as a reagent for cleavage of acetals. It reacts with amines to give iminophosphoranes. Further, it serves as a reagent in the preparation of alkyl and aryl bromides from alcohols and phenols without rearrangement.


Moisture sensitive. Store in a cool place. Incompatible with strong bases, strong oxidizing agents, bases and active metals.

Literature References

Reagent for the conversion of alcohols and phenols to bromides in good yields: J. Org. Chem., 37, 626 (1972). Particularly useful for alcohols where sensitive functionality is present: J. Org. Chem., 49, 431 (1984); Synth. Commun., 22, 2945 (1992). Cleaves dialkyl ethers to the two alkyl bromides: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 86, 5037 (1964); J. Org. Chem., 37, 626 (1972).

Reaction with amines gives iminophosphoranes, which have been used as a means of blocking an amino group to permit monoalkylation: Synthesis, 295 (1980). Iminophosphoranes also undergo a Wittig-like condensation with CO2 or CS2 to give the isocyanates or isothiocyanates respectively: Synthesis, 596 (1982):

Ureas are dehydrated to carbodiimides: Liebigs Ann. Chem., 718, 24 (1968); Synthesis, 373 (1981).

The reagent formed with DMSO at low temperatures provides an alternative to the Swern oxidation for selective conversion of alcohols to carbonyl compounds: Tetrahedron Lett., 43, 8355 (2002).

Wang, R.; Zhao, Y.; Zhu, C.; Huang, X. New Synthesis of 3, 6-Dibromophthalonitrile and Phthalocyanine Having Eight Thienyl Substituents at Peripheral alpha-Positions. J. Heterocycl. Chem. 2015, 52 (4), 1230-1233.

Koshizawa, T.; Yamazaki, Y.; Ohgiya, T.; Shibuya, K. A facile method for converting alcohol to thioether and its application in the synthesis of a novel GPR119 agonist. Tetrahedron 2015, 71 (21), 3231-3236.

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H314-H318

Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.

Precautionary Statements: P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P301+P330+P331-P405-P501a

IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.

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