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Phosphorus: Organophosphorus Chemistry

  1. Robert Engel1,
  2. JaimeLee Iolani Cohen2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia187

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Engel, R. and Cohen, J. I. 2006. Phosphorus: Organophosphorus Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY, USA

  2. 2

    Pace University, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


The chemistry associated with compounds bearing at least one carbon–phosphorus bond has been surveyed. This survey has been organized on the basis of the coordination about the phosphorus center, beginning with monocoordinated phosphorus and continuing through hexacoordinated phosphorus. Preparations, stereochemistry, and reactivity are principal topics considered.


  • carbon–phosphorus bond;
  • elemental phosphorus;
  • stereochemistry;
  • ylides;
  • phosphoranes;
  • nomenclature;
  • P-31 NMR, pseudorotation