A new method for the photooxidation of triarylphosphines into the corresponding oxides is developed. In this new protocol, neither a catalyst nor an additive is required. The greenest oxidant, oxygen in air atmosphere, is used. After a short period of photo irradiation at rt, stoichiometric amounts of the oxides can be easily afforded by simply recycling the solvent under vacuum. No waste is formed in the whole process of this reaction. The substrate scope of this reaction is broad, showing very good application prospects in both organic chemistry and industrial processes.
Ding, A., Wang, Y., Rios, R., Sun, J., Li, H., & Guo, H. (2015). Catalyst-free photooxidation of triarylphosphines under aerobic conditions. Journal of Saudi Chemical Society, 19(6), 706–709. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jscs.2015.07.004