Sequential N-O and N-N bond cleavage of N-heterocyclic carbene-activated nitrous oxide with a vanadium complex.

Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.
Journal of the American Chemical Society (Impact Factor: 10.68). 01/2012; 134(3):1471-3. DOI: 10.1021/ja210976a
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Chemically induced bond cleavage of nitrous oxide typically proceeds by rupture of the N-O bond with concomitant O-atom transfer and liberation of dinitrogen. On a few occasions, N-N bond scission has been observed instead. We report a reaction sequence involving an N-heterocyclic carbene and a vanadium complex that results in cleavage of both the N-O bond and the N-N bond.

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