Herein, we report a straightforward practical method for efficiently obtaining a diverse range of thiophosphonium salts. This method involves the direct coupling of commercially available thiols and aldehydes with Ph3P and TfOH. The setup is simple and carried out in a metal-free manner. The synthetic utility of these salts is demonstrated through various examples of C-P bond functionalizations, enabling the synthesis of thioether, deuterated thioether, thioester, and dithioester derivatives. These products, which serve as valuable building blocks, are obtained in high yields.
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