By: Matthias Junkers, ChemFiles 2007, 7.2, 4.

Phosgene is an extremely versatile reagent allowing easy access to isocyanates, ureas, carbamates, carbonates, acyl and alkyl chlorides.1 Many of these can be used as reactive intermediates in peptide coupling reactions. As a dehydrating agent, phosgene can also lead to isocyanides, cyanides, and carbodiimides. Though highly toxic itself byproducts resulting from reactions with phosgene are harmless. When treated with alkaline solution, only biocompatible salts are formed like sodium chloride or carbonate.

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  1. Babad, H.; Zeiler, A. G. Chem. Rev. 1973, 73, 75.
  2. Eckert, H.; Forster, B. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1987, 26, 894.

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