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Phenyl formate is widely used in the palladium-catalyzed carbonylation of aryl, alkenyl and allyl halides. It is also used as a reagent for the formylation of amines.
Reagent for the formylation of amines in high yield: J. Org. Chem., 36, 3238 (1971).
Ren, W.; Chang, W.; Wang, Y.; Li, J.; Shi, Y. Pd-Catalyzed Regiodivergent Hydroesterification of Aryl Olefins with Phenyl Formate. Org. Lett. 2015, 17 (14), 3544-3547.
Konishi, H.; Nagase, H.; Manabe, K. Concise synthesis of cyclic carbonyl compounds from haloarenes using phenyl formate as the carbonyl source. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51 (10), 1854-1857.
Hazard Statements: H227-H315-H319-H335
Combustible liquid. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210u-P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.