Phosphorus: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Technology, Sixth Edition, 6th Edition (Hardback) book cover


Chemistry, Biochemistry and Technology, Sixth Edition, 6th Edition

By D.E.C. Corbridge

CRC Press

1,473 pages | 432 B/W Illus.

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Over two decades have passed since the fifth edition of Phosphorus: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Technology. Major advances in chemistry, materials science, electronics, and medicine have expanded and clarified the role of phosphorus in both our everyday appliances and groundbreaking research. Significantly expanded, updated, and reorganized, this sixth edition organizes and explains vital phosphorus research and relevant information available in highly specialized reviews and references on select related topics.

An authoritative and comprehensive review of phosphorus chemistry and related technology, Phosphorus: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Technology covers historical, academic, industrial, agricultural, military, biological, and medical aspects of phosphorous. Furthermore, it offers a starting point for more extended studies of the highly specialized branches of phosphorus chemistry.

Although this book deals with a small fraction of the > 106 known phosphorus compounds, it thoroughly covers the simpler derivatives and most key compounds of economic, sociological, and biological importance. Extensively updated and expanded with tables, figures, equations, structural formulae, and references, it is ideal for scientists in related fields seeking a rapid introduction to phosphorus chemistry.


Praise for the Fifth Edition

"The chemistry of phosphorus is so vast that it is extremely difficult to compress the important material into a single volume. Nonetheless Corbridge has managed to do this while at the same time making the material quite readable. The scope of the book is very broad, ranging from the extraction of phosphate rock to the role of palindromic sequences in DNA transcription, to metal complexes of P rings. The presentation includes a historical review which is useful and not belabored, but emphasizes fundamental synthetic transformations, structures, properties and applications."

—Thomas B. Rauchfuss, in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1996

"I have to conclude that not only does the book achieve good coverage but it also is well indexed, something very difficult for any author to achieve. Definitely recommended."

—Simon Cotton, in Polyhedron, 1996

Praise for Previous Editions

"…I do not know of any other monograph that covers the field of phosphorus chemistry so comprehensively in a single volume"

Angewandte Chemie

"…There appears to be no other book that so comprehensively surveys the current state of inorganic, organic, & biological chemistry of phosphorus"

Journal of the American Chemical Society

"1 highly recommend this book to the general chemical reader as a guide to a rapidly growing area of what has already developed into a major branch of chemistry. For an expert in the field of phosphorous chemistry it presents a fascinating overview, which is particularly valuable"

Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry

"…The frequent inserts and footnotes are bristling with information of all types and the same is true of the tables and the reaction schemes"


"…a valuable contribution to the scientific literature"

—Phosphorus & Potassium

"…a fairly concise, yet remarkably comprehensive and well- referenced survey of all aspects of the chemistry of phosphorus"

Journal of Applied Crystallography

"…this is a very useful book which should be on every phosphorus chemist’s shelf"

—Chemistry in Britain

"The contents of this book will make it a standard reference for many years…"

—United Trade Press Ltd

"This is a superb scientific resource of interest to all those involved with phosphorus chemistry…"

Education in Chemistry

"I feel this volume should be a standard addition to the laboratory of any chemist working directly in the field or around the periphery of phosphorus chemistry. There is probably no faster way to get acquainted with the vast world of phosphorus chemistry"

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Table of Contents

Introduction and Historical Background

General Overview

Historical Survey

Classification and Nomenclature of P Compounds

Literature of Phosphorus Chemistry

Distribution and Environment

General Occurrence

Phosphate Mineral Deposits

Environmental Phosphorus

Atomic and Molecular Properties

Atomic Properties

Equilibria and Stereochemistry

Types of Reaction

Bond Strengths and Bond Lengths

Phosphides of Non-Metals

The Element









Oxyphosphorus Compounds


Phosphoric and Polyphosphoric Acids


Condensed Phosphates

Substituted Phosphates

Phosphate Esters

Complex Phosphates and Space–Containing Structures


Carbophosphorus Compounds

Introduction and Nomenclature


Phosphine Oxides

Phosphonous and Phosphinous Halides

Phosphonic and Phosphinic Halides

Phosphonous and Phosphinous Acids

Phosphonic and Phosphinic Acids


Phosphonium Salts

Phosphonium Ylides

Carbenes and Carbanions



Compounds with one- and Two-Connected P Atoms

Compounds with Three-Connected P Atoms

Cyaphides and Cyanides


Polyphosphonates and Polyphosphinates

Diphosphenes and Related PV–PIII Compounds

Saturated Rings with Phosphorus and Carbon

Unsaturated Rings with Phosphorus and Carbon

Condensed Rings and Cages with Phosphorus and Carbon

Rings and Cages with Phosphorus, Carbon and Oxygen

Azaphosphorus Compounds


Compounds of Phosphorus, Nitrogen and Hydrogen

Phosphazanes with P–NH Linkages

Phosphazanes with P–N–C Linkages

Phosphazanes with P–N and P–C Linkages

Hydrazides and Azides

Polymeric Phosphazanes and Cyclic Compounds

Cyclic Phosphazenes

Linear Phosphazenes


Two- and Three-Connected Phosphazenes


Chapter 8 Metallophosphorus Compounds

Metal Phosphides: Introduction

Metal-Rich Phosphides MXPYX > Y

Ionic Phosphides

Phosphides with Complex Anions


Phosphorus-Rich Phosphides

Miscellaneous Phosphides

Metallophosphines and Metallophosphites

Metallophosphorus Coordination Complexes

Complexes with M–P–C Bonds

Complexes with M–P–H Bonds

Complexes with M–P–Halogen Bonds

Complexes with P–M, P–O and P–C Bonds

Bonding Effects in Metal Complexes

Complexes with P–P Bonds

Complexes with Pn Units Bonded To M Atoms

Diphosphene and Phosphaalkene Complexes

Metallophosphene and Metallophosphyne Complexes

Metal Complexes of Cyclic P and C Compounds

Metal Complexes OF P–N and P/N Compounds

Polymers with Metal–Phosphorus Linkages

Miscellaneous Complexes Containing P and M Atoms

Compounds with p-Block Elements

Phosphorus and Boron

Phosphorus and Aluminium1,2

Phosphorus and Gallium

Phosphorus and Indium

Phosphorus and Silicon

Phosphorus and Germanium

Phosphorus and Tin

Phosphorus and Lead

Phosphorus and Arsenic, Antimony or Bismuth

Phosphorus and Sulphur

Phosphorus and Selenium or Tellurium

Biopolymers and Phospho-Bioassemblies




Nucleic Acids and Nucleotides

Biophosphorus Chemistry

Body Composition and General Biochemical Background

Nutritional Aspects of Phosphorus

Energy Carriers


Essential Bio Processes

Polynucleotide Functions

Phosphonate Metabolism

Applications of Phosphorus Compounds

Phosphoric Acid


Animal Foodstuffs

Food Technology


Water Treatment

Metal Surface Treatment

Pigments and Dyestuffs


Phosphoceramic Constructional Materials

Industrial Phosphate Esters


Medicinal Compounds and Toxic Esters

Dental and Medical Materials

Synthetic Polymers and Fire Retardants


Natural Products

Catalysts and Synthetic Reagents

Metallurgy and Metal Phosphides

Electronic, Electrical and Related Materials

Special Topics

Hydrogen Bonding

Stereochemistry and Isomerism

Pseudorotation and the Trigonal Bipyramid

Free Radicals and Short-Lived Species

Radioactivity and Radiochemistry

Migrations, Rearrangements and other Reactions

Analysis and Characterisation

Chemical Methods

Physical Methods

Biopolymer Analysis


Atomic Data for the Elements

Hazards of Phosphorus Compounds

Properties of White Phosphorus P4

Properties of ‘Red’ Phosphorus Pn

Properties of Phosphine PH3

Properties of Orthophosphoric Acid, H3PO4

Abbreviations and Symbols

Conversion Factors

Shortened Journal Nomenclature

About the Author

Derek E. C. Corbridge currently resides in North Yorkshore, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Inorganic
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General