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Triphenylphosphine dichloride
Structural formula
Ball-and-stick model
Space-filling model
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Molar mass 333.19 g/mol
Melting point 176 °C[1], 85-100 °C[2]
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Triphenylphosphine dichloride, Ph3PCl2, is a chlorinating agent widely used in organic chemistry. Applications include the conversion of alcohols and ethers to alkyl chlorides, the cleavage of epoxides to vicinal dichlorides and the chlorination of carboxylic acids to acyl chlorides.[2]


Triphenylphosphine dichloride is usually prepared fresh by the addition of chlorine to triphenylphosphine.

Ph3P + Cl2 → Ph3PCl2

Both reagents are typically used in solution to ensure the correct stoichiometry.[2]

Alternatively, Ph3PCl2 can be obtained by chlorination of triphenylphosphine oxide with, for example, phosphorus trichloride, as in Grignard's original 1931 synthesis.[1]


In polar solvents such as acetonitrile or dichloromethane solutions, Ph3PCl2 adopts an ionic structure[3], [Ph3PCl]Cl, whereas in non-polar solvents like diethyl ether it exists as a non-solvated trigonal bipyramidal molecule.[4].


  1. ^ a b V. Grignard, J. Savard (1931). Compt. rend. 192: 592–5.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c e-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, doi:10.1002/047084289X.rt371
  3. ^ S. M. Godfrey, C. A. McAuliffe, R. G. Pritchard, J. M. Sheffield (1996). Chem. Commun.: 2521−2522. doi:10.1039/CC9960002521.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ S. M. Godfrey, C. A. McAuliffe, J. M. Sheffield (1998). Chem. Commun.: 921−922. doi:10.1039/a800820e.  Missing or empty |title= (help)