Date of Award

6-1940

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Any study of the stereochemistry of tricovalent atoms would necessarily involve members of the third and fifth periodic groups. Tertiary phosphines with heavy groups would be most valuable for this work since phosphorus seems to be better suited to exhibit asymmetry than any other element of the fifth group. (24) It is believed that the heavy groups would slow down the oscillations of the phosphorus atom and make possible the resolution of the optical isomers. The purpose of this investigation was a further study of this possibility, particularly the reaction of organo-cadmium compounds with phosphorus trichloride. In this case two of the chlorine atoms should be replaced, leaving one intact. It was originally intended to investigate the generality of the reaction, with phosphenyl chlorides in general, but time did not permit.

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