Synthesis of Tetrakis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(0) (this post is only for specialists)

Here you will find a link to a video prepared by my lab mate Niels Hammer (Ph.D student, AU).

It describes the synthesis of Tetrakis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(0). It is the chemical compound of formula Pd[P(C6H5)3]4, often abbreviated Pd(PPh3)4. It is a bright yellow crystalline solid that becomes brown upon decomposition in air. Pd(PPh3)4 is widely used as a catalyst for palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions.

Reference: Coulson, D. R. Inorg. Synth. 1972, 13, 121.


This post contain information about how to prepare a chemical compound. The procedure described in this video is intended for use only by persons with prior training in experimental organic chemistry. All hazardous materials should be handled using the standard procedures for work with chemicals. All chemical waste should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

This procedure must be conducted at one's own risk. Hereby, the owner of this blog disclaim any liability for any injuries or damages claimed to have resulted from or related in any way to the procedure described herein.


  1. Chiral synthesis (enantioselective synthesis, also called asymmetric synthesis) is the synthesis of a compound by a method that favors the formation of a specific enantiomer or diastereomer. Chiral Synthesis


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