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Nitrogen fixation to cyanide at a molybdenum center

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Abstract

Facile methoxymethylation of N2-derived nitride NMo(N[tBu]Ar)3 provided the imido cation [MeOCH2NMo(N[tBu]Ar)3]+ as its triflate salt in 88% yield. Treatment of the latter with LiN(SiMe3)2 provided blue methoxyketimide complex MeO(H)CNMo(N[tBu]Ar)3 in 95% yield. Conversion of the latter to the terminal cyanide complex NCMo(N[tBu]Ar)3, which was the subject of a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study, was accomplished in 51% yield upon treatment with a combination of SnCl2 and Me2NSiMe3.

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The article was received on 02 Oct 2010, accepted on 23 Dec 2010 and first published on 04 Feb 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01326A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 2429-2432
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    Nitrogen fixation to cyanide at a molybdenum center

    J. J. Curley, A. F. Cozzolino and C. C. Cummins, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 2429
    DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01326A

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