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Triphenyl phosphite is the chemical compound with the formula P(OC6H5)3. This colourless viscous liquid is the ester of phosphorous acid and phenol. It is used as a ligand in organometallic chemistry. Nickel complexes of this ligand are homogeneous catalysts for the hydrocyanation of alkenes.
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Triphenylphosphite is prepared from phosphorus trichloride and phenol in the presence of a base:
Representative coordination complexes
Triphenylphosphite forms zero-valent complexes of the type M[P(OC6H5)3]4 for M = Ni, Pd, Pt. The colourless nickel complex (m.p. 147 °C) can be prepared from the nickel(0) complex of 1,5-cyclooctadiene:
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