Upon treatment with sulfur hexafluoride, alkali metal diphenyl or dicyclohexyl phosphides are oxidized within seconds to tetraphenyl or tetracyclohexyl diphosphines. In a hindered example, di-tert-butylphosphide, fluorophosphine intermediates are detected. This is the first reported reaction of sulfur hexafluoride with metal phosphides, and a rare example of reactivity of sulfur hexafluoride at ambient temperature.
Reaction of SF6 with KPPh2
metal phoshide paper SI Draft 4