The first bismuth phosphide complex: [Li(thf)4]+ [{(tBuP)3}2Bi]

Michael A. Beswick*, Nick Choi, Alexander D. Hopkins, Yvonne G. Lawson, Mary McPartlin, Alexander Rothenberger, Dietmar Stalke, Andrew E.H. Wheatley, Dominic S. Wright

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Thermally unstable crystals of the title compound - the first bismuth phosphide complex to be structurally characterized (see picture) - are obtained by the reaction of [Bi(NMe2)3] with [tBuPHLi] (1:3) in THF/hexane. Berry pseudorotation of the pseudo-trigonal-bipyramidal [{(tBuP)3}2Bi]- ion is prevented for steric reasons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3053-3055
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 18 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Bismuth
  • Phosphides
  • Structure elucidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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