Triple-Bond Reactivity of Diphosphorus Molecules

@article{Piro2006TripleBondRO,
  title={Triple-Bond Reactivity of Diphosphorus Molecules},
  author={Nicholas A. Piro and Joshua S. Figueroa and Jessica T McKellar and Christopher C. Cummins},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  pages={1276 - 1279}
}
We report a mild method for generating the diphosphorus molecule or its synthetic equivalent in homogeneous solution; the P2 allotrope of the element phosphorus is normally obtained only under extreme conditions (for example, from P4 at 1100 kelvin). Diphosphorus is extruded from a niobium complex designed for this purpose and can be trapped efficiently by two equivalents of an organic diene to produce an organodiphosphorus compound. Diphosphorus stabilized by coordination to tungsten… 
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