We report a diaryldiselenide catalyst for cross-dehydrogenative nucleophilic functionalization of hydrophosphoryl compounds. The proposed organocatalytic cycle closely resembles the mechanism of the Atherton-Todd reaction, with the catalyst serving as a recyclable analogue of the halogenating agent employed in the named reaction. Phosphorus and selenium NMR studies reveal the existence of a P-Se bond intermediate, and structural analyses indicate a stereospecific reaction.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry