Semipolar P-0 and P-C Bonds. A Theoretical Study of Hypophosphite and Related Methylenephosphoranes

Andrew Streitwieser, Andrzej Rajca, Robert S. McDowell, Rainer Glaser

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Structures, energies, and electronic structures as derived from integrated projected densities are presented from ab initio MO calculations of H3PO (1), H3PCH2(2), H2PO2 -(3), OPH2CH2 -(4), and H2P(CH2)2- (5). The results show that allylic conjugation is not important in 3, 4, and 5 and that the PO and PC bonds in these compounds are best represented as dipolar bonds with little double-bond character. Simple electrostatic considerations suffice to interpret many of the results obtained concerning structure and energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4184-4188
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 1 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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