Derivatization of phosphinic acids in the presence of ionic liquids

Nóra Zsuzsa Kiss, Zita Gabriella Rádai, G. Keglevich

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Phosphinic acids practically do not undergo direct esterification and other related derivatizations. To our surprise, phosphinic acids could be converted to phosphinates, thiophosphinates and phosphinic amides by reaction with alcohols, thioalcohols and primary amines, respectively, under microwave (MW) irradiation. Based on high level quantum chemical calculations, conclusions were drawn in respect of the scope and limitation of the MW technique. Moreover, the efficiency of the microwave-assisted direct derivatizations was highly enhanced by adding a catalytic amount of an ionic liquid to the reaction mixture prior to irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1494-1496
Number of pages3
JournalPhosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016



  • Esterification
  • hydrolysis
  • ionic liquid
  • microwave
  • phosphinic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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