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Removal of Triphenylphosphine Oxide by Precipitation with Zinc Chloride in Polar Solvents

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posted on 28.09.2017, 00:00 by Donald C. Batesky, Matthew J. Goldfogel, Daniel J. Weix
While the use of triphenylphosphine as a reductant is common in organic synthesis, the resulting triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) waste can be difficult to separate from the reaction product. While a number of strategies to precipitate TPPO are available, none have been reported to work in more polar solvents. We report here that mixing ZnCl2 with TPPO precipitates a TPPO–Zn complex in high yield in several common polar organic solvents. The solvent compatibility of this procedure and the reliability of the precipitation in the presence of polar functional groups were examined to show the utility and limitations of this method.