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White phosphorus first

Many of the methods used to make phosphines proceed via phosphorus trichloride-based intermediates, leading to chloride waste that is difficult to recycle. It has now been shown that this disadvantage can be overcome by using a method that directly converts white phosphorus into value-added phosphorus compounds.

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Fig. 1: Direction conversion of white phosphorus into value-added phosphorus compounds.


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Grützmacher, H. White phosphorus first. Nat. Chem. 14, 362–364 (2022).

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