Microwave irradiation and catalysis in organophosphorus chemistry

G. Keglevich, Nóra Zsuzsa Kiss, Erika Bálint, Réka Henyecz, A. Grün, Zoltán Mucsi

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The possible combinations and connections of microwave (MW) and catalysts are discussed. MW-assisted reactions, such as the direct esterification or the alkylating esterification of phosphinic acids may be enhanced by an ionic liquid additive or a phase transfer catalyst (PTC), respectively. It is also possible that a catalytic transformation, like the Arbuzov reaction with aryl halides is promoted by MW irradiation. Moreover, it is also an option exemplified by the Kabachnik–Fields reaction, by the deoxygenation of phosphine oxides, or by the PTC alkylation of P = O functionalized active methylene containing substrates that MW irradiation substitutes the catalysts. Last but not least, as it is in the Hirao reaction, MWs may make possible the simplification of the catalyst system possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalPhosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - May 27 2019


  • Arbuzov reaction
  • catalytic reactions
  • deoxygenation
  • Hirao reaction
  • Kabachnik–Fields reaction
  • microwave
  • Phosphinic derivatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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