Phosphine-Catalyzed Reactions with Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds

Suresh Babu Nallapati, Shih-Ching Chuang*

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Organophosphines are versatile Lewis basic catalysts that have been confirmed as powerful tools in organic synthesis for the past two decades. The nucleophilic addition of organophosphines to electron-deficient species can be divided into two categories: phosphine-catalyzed and stoichiometric phosphine-mediated transformations. In this focus review, we summarize recent examples of phosphine-catalyzed addition and annulation reactions with allenoates and alkynoates. In addition, we discuss our recent efforts in the development of unusual phosphine-mediated α-addition reactions with enynedioates, enynoates, and oligoynoates and its application in novel functional fullerene derivatives as n-type materials in organic photovoltaics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1743-1757
Number of pages15
JournalAsian Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • anti-Michael addition
  • catalysis
  • fullerenes
  • organic photovoltaics
  • phosphine

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