3-(Triphenylphosphoranylidene)-pentane-2,4-dione and diethyl 2-(triphenylphosphoranylidene)-malonate
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The title ylides, 3-(triphenylphosphoranylidene) pentane-2,4-dione, C23H21O2P, (I), and diethyl 2-(triphenylphosphoranylidene)malonate, C25H25O4P, (II), differ in the conformations adopted by their extended ylide moieties. In (I), one carbonyl O atom is syn and the other is anti with respect to the P atom, the ylide group is nearly planar, with a maximum P-C (C=O) angle of 18.2 (2)degrees, and the P-C, C-C and C=O bond lengths are consistent with electronic delocalization involving the O atoms. In (II), both carbonyl O atoms are anti and the ester groups are twisted out of the plane of the near trigonal ylide C atom, reducing delocalization, the largest P-C-(C=O) angle being 30.2 (2)degrees.