Chlorodiphenylphosphine is an organophosphorus compound with the formula (C6H5)2PCl, abbreviated Ph2PCl. It is a colourless oily liquid with a pungent odor that is often described as being garlic-like and detectable even in the ppb range. It is useful reagent for introducing the Ph2P group into molecules, which includes many ligands.[2] Like other halophosphines, Ph2PCl is reactive with many nucleophiles such as water and easily oxidized even by air.

Preferred IUPAC name
Diphenylphosphinous chloride[1]
Other names
diphenyl phosphine chloride
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Molar mass 220.63776 g mol−1
Appearance clear to light yellow liquid
Density 1.229 g cm−3
Boiling point 320 ˚C
Solubility Reacts with alcohols
highly soluble in benzene, THF, and ethers
GHS labelling:
GHS05: CorrosiveGHS07: Exclamation mark
H290, H302, H314, H412
P234, P260, P264, P270, P273, P280, P301+P312, P301+P330+P331, P303+P361+P353, P304+P340, P305+P351+P338, P310, P321, P330, P363, P390, P404, P405, P501
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Synthesis and reactionsEdit

Chlorodiphenylphosphine is produced on a commercial scale from benzene and phosphorus trichloride (PCl3). Benzene reacts with phosphorus trichloride at extreme temperatures around 600 °C to give dichlorophenylphosphine (PhPCl2) and HCl. Redistribution of PhPCl2 in the gas phase at high temperatures results in chlorodiphenylphosphine.[2][3]

2 PhPCl2 → Ph2PCl + PCl3

Alternatively such compounds are prepared by redistribution reactions starting with triphenylphosphine and phosphorus trichloride.

PCl3 + 2 PPh3 → 3 Ph2PCl

Chlorodiphenylphosphine hydrolyzes to give diphenylphosphine oxide. Reduction with sodium affords tetraphenyldiphosphine:

2 Ph2PCl + 2 Na → [Ph2P]2 + 2 NaCl

With ammonia and elemental sulfur, it converts to the thiophosphorylamide:[4]

Ph2PCl + 2 NH3 + S → Ph2P(S)NH2 + NH4Cl


Chlorodiphenylphosphine, along with other chlorophosphines, is used in the synthesis of various phosphines. A typical route uses Grignard reagents:[3]

Ph2PCl + MgRX → Ph2PR + MgClX

The phosphines produced from reactions with Ph2PCl are further developed and used as pesticides (such as EPN), stabilizers for plastics (Sandostab P-EPQ), various halogen compound catalysts, flame retardants (cyclic phosphinocarboxylic anhydride), as well as UV-hardening paint systems (used in dental materials) making Ph2PCl an important intermediate in the industrial world.[2][3]

Precursor to diphenylphosphido derivativesEdit

Chlorodiphenylphosphine is used in the synthesis of sodium diphenylphosphide via its reaction with sodium metal in refluxing dioxane.[5]

Ph2PCl + 2 Na → Ph2PNa + NaCl

Diphenylphosphine can be synthesized in the reaction of Ph2PCl and LiAlH4, the latter usually used in excess.[6]

4 Ph2PCl + LiAlH4 → 4 Ph2PH + LiCl + AlCl3

Both Ph2PNa and Ph2PH are also used in the synthesis of organophosphine ligands.


The quality of chlorodiphenylphosphine is often checked by 31P NMR spectroscopy.[7]

Compound 31P chemical shift

(ppm vs 85% H3PO4)

PPh3 -6
PPh2Cl 81.5
PPhCl2 165
PCl3 218


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