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3-Methyl-1-phenyl-2-phospholene 1-oxide is used as a catalyst for intramolecular aza-wittig cyclization reactions and polymerization reactions. It is a reactant used for the preparation of phospha sugars and their radical bromination derivatives as anticancer agents.
(previously believed to have the double bond in the 3-position)
Catalyst for conversion of isocyanates to carbodiimides: Org. Synth. Coll., 5, 501 (1973).
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