Triphenyl phosphate

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Triphenyl phosphate
IUPAC name
Triphenyl phosphate
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ChEBI CHEBI:35033 YesY
ChEMBL ChEMBL454511 YesY
ChemSpider 7988 YesY
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Molar mass 326.28 g/mol
Appearance colourless solid
Density 1.184 g/mL
Melting point 48 to 50 °C (118 to 122 °F; 321 to 323 K)
Boiling point 244 °C (471 °F; 517 K) at 10 mm Hg
organic solvents
Main hazards harmful
Flash point 220 °C (428 °F; 493 K)[1]
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Triphenyl phosphate is the chemical compound with the formula OP(OC6H5)3. This colourless solid is the ester (triester) of phosphoric acid and phenol. It is used as a plasticizer and a fire retardant.[2]

Triphenylphosphate is prepared by the reaction of phosphorus oxychloride and phenol:

POCl3 + 3 HOC6H5 → OP(OC6H5)3 + 3 HCl

Safety considerations[edit]

Triphenylphosphate exhibits low acute toxicity by dermal or oral contact.[2]


  1. ^ CDC - NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
  2. ^ a b J. Svara, N. Weferling, T. Hofmann "Phosphorus Compounds, Organic" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2006. doi:10.1002/14356007.a19_545.pub2