Dinitrogen Cleavage by a Three-Coordinate Molybdenum(III) Complex

  title={Dinitrogen Cleavage by a Three-Coordinate Molybdenum(III) Complex},
  author={Catalina E. Laplaza and Christopher C. Cummins},
  pages={861 - 863}
Cleavage of the relatively inert dinitrogen (N2) molecule, with its extremely strong N≡N triple bond, has represented a major challenge to the development of N2 chemistry. This report describes the reductive cleavage of N2 to two nitrido (N3–) ligands in its reaction with Mo(NRAr)3, where R is C(CD3)2CH3 and Ar is 3,5-C6H3(CH3)2', a synthetic three-coordinate molybdenum(III) complex of known structure. The formation of an intermediate complex was observed spectroscopically, and its conversion… Expand
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