The first stable anthryldiphosphenes, 1 and 2, were synthesized by utilizing kinetic stabilization of 2,4,6- tris[bis(trimethylsilyl)methyl]phenyl (Tbt) and 2,6-bis[bis(trimethylsilyl)methyl]-4-[tris(trimethylsilyl)methyl] phenyl (Bbt) groups, and were characterized by spectroscopic and X-ray crystallographic analyses. The UVvisible spectroscopic data suggested the electronic communication between the anthryl moiety and the P=P unit. It was found that TbtP=P(9- Anth) (1a: 9-Anth = 9-anthryl) showed weak fluorescence in hexane solution. Furthermore, the reactivities of anthryldiphosphene 1 with a chromium complex, chalcogenation reagents, a diene, and electron-deficient olefins have been revealed.
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