An efficient electrochemical approach for the C(sp(2))-H phosphonation of quinoxalin-2(1H)-ones
and C(sp(3))-H phosphonation of xanthenes has been developed. The chemistry was performed
in an undivided cell under constant current conditions and features a wide range of
substrates, up to 99% yield and it is free of transition-metal catalysts- and external
oxidants, thereby providing a straightforward approach for dehydrogenative C-H/P-H
cross-coupling. In addition, control experiments disclose that some of the reactions
may involve a radical pathway.