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Title: Ligand non-innocence allows isolation of a neutral and terminal niobium nitride
Complex (PNP)NbCl 2 (N[ t Bu]Ar) (1) (PNP − = N[2-P i Pr 2 -4-methylphenyl] 2 ; Ar = 3,5-Me 2 C 6 H 3 ) reacts with one equiv. of NaN 3 to form a mixture of (PNPN)NbCl 2 (N[ t Bu]Ar) (2) and (PNP)NbN(N[ t Bu]Ar) (3), both of which have been spectroscopically and crystallographically characterized, including 15 N isotopic labelling studies. Complex 3 represents the first structurally characterized example of a neutral and mononuclear Nb nitride. Independent studies established 3 to form via two-electron reduction of 2, whereas oxidation of 3 by two-electrons reversed the process. Computational studies suggest the transmetallation step to produce the intermediate [(PNP)NbCl(N 3 )(N[ t Bu]Ar)] (A) which extrudes N 2 to form the phosphinimide [(PNPN)NbCl(N[ t Bu]Ar)] (B) followed by disproportionation to 2 and low-valent [(PNPN)Nb(N[ t Bu]Ar)] (C). The latter then undergoes intramolecular N-atom transfer to form the nitride moiety in 3.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
2154620
NSF-PAR ID:
10416224
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
Chemical Communications
Volume:
58
Issue:
84
ISSN:
1359-7345
Page Range / eLocation ID:
11795 to 11798
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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