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Org Biomol Chem. 2004 Jul 21;2(14):1979-86. Epub 2004 Jun 29.

Novel polymer-supported coupling/dehydrating reagents for use in organic synthesis.

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  • 1School of Science, Griffith University, Nathan, Brisbane, Australia.


Two novel dehydrating reagents and, based on a phosphonium anhydride and an oxyphosphonium triflate respectively, were prepared by reaction of the corresponding polymer-supported phosphine oxides with triflic anhydride. Reagent, based on the novel phosphorus heterocycle 1,1,3,3-tetraphenyl-2-oxa-1,3-diphospholanium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonate), was found to be a useful reagent for ester and amide formation. A wide range of coupling/dehydration-type reactions, such as ester, amide, anhydride, peptide, ether and nitrile formation, were performed in high yield using the more readily prepared polymer-supported triphenylphosphine ditriflate, which was easily recovered and re-used several times without loss of efficiency. With primary alcohols, both reagents and provide an alternative to the Mitsunobu reaction, where the use of azodicarboxylates and chromatography to remove the phosphine oxide by-product can be avoided. The use of 4-dimethylaminopyridine allowed the esterification of secondary alcohols with to proceed in high yield but with retention of configuration.

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