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EC Number
  • 210-037-6
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  • WJ1400000
  • InChI=1S/3C6H5.Sb/c3*1-2-4-6-5-3-1;/h3*1-5H; Yes check.svgY
  • InChI=1/3C6H5.Sb/c3*1-2-4-6-5-3-1;/h3*1-5H;/rC18H15Sb/c1-4-10-16(11-5-1)19(17-12-6-2-7-13-17)18-14-8-3-9-15-18/h1-15H
  • c3c([Sb](c1ccccc1)c2ccccc2)cccc3
Molar mass 353.07 g/mol
AppearanceColourless solid
Density 1.53 g/cm3
Melting point 52 to 54 °C (126 to 129 °F; 325 to 327 K)
Boiling point 377 °C (711 °F; 650 K)
trigonal pyramidal
Main hazards mildly toxic
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H301, H302, H332, H411
P261, P264, P270, P271, P273, P301+P310, P301+P312, P304+P312, P304+P340, P312, P330, P391, P405
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Triphenylstibine is the chemical compound with the formula Sb(C6H5)3. Abbreviated SbPh3, this colourless solid is often considered the prototypical organoantimony compound. It is used as a ligand in coordination chemistry [2] and as a reagent in organic synthesis.

Like the related molecules triphenylphosphine and triphenylarsine, SbPh3 is pyramidal with a propeller-like arrangement of the phenyl groups. The Sb-C distances average 2.14-2.17 Å and the C-Sb-C angle are 95°. [3]

SbPh3 was first reported in 1886, being prepared from antimony trichloride by the reaction: [4]

6 Na + 3 C6H5Cl + SbCl3 → (C6H5)3Sb + 6 NaCl

An alternative method treats phenylmagnesium bromide with SbCl3. [5]

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Stibine Chemical compound

Stibine (IUPAC name: stibane) is a chemical compound with the formula SbH3. A pnictogen hydride, this colourless gas is the principal covalent hydride of antimony, and a heavy analogue of ammonia. The molecule is pyramidal with H–Sb–H angles of 91.7° and Sb–H distances of 170.7 pm (1.707 Å). This gas has an offensive smell like hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs).

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Antimony trichloride Chemical compound

Antimony trichloride is the chemical compound with the formula SbCl3. It is a soft colorless solid with a pungent odor and was known to alchemists as butter of antimony.


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Antimony triiodide Chemical compound

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Triphenylarsine Chemical compound

Triphenylarsine is the chemical compound with the formula As(C6H5)3. This organoarsenic compound, often abbreviated AsPh3, is a colorless crystalline solid that is used as a ligand and a reagent in coordination chemistry and organic synthesis. The molecule is pyramidal with As-C distances of 1.942–1.956 Å and C-As-C angles of 99.6–100.5°.

Organoaluminium chemistry

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  4. Michaelis, A.; Reese, A. "Ueber die Verbindungen der Elemente der Stickstoffgruppe mit den Radicalen der aromatischen Reihe. Achte Abhandlung Ueber aromatische Antimonverbindungen" Liebigs Annallen der Chemie volume 233, pages 39-60 (1886). doi : 10.1002/jlac.18862330104.
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