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Molybdenum-catalyzed reduction of molecular dinitrogen under mild reaction conditions

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Abstract

Quite recently we have found two nitrogen fixation systems catalyzed by molybdenum–dinitrogen complexes under mild reaction conditions; one is the transformation of molecular dinitrogen into its synthetic equivalent of ammonia and the other is that into ammonia. A molybdenum–dinitrogen complex bearing two ferrocenyl diphosphines works as a good catalyst in the transformation of molecular dinitrogen into silylamine, where up to 226 equiv are produced based on the catalyst. A dinitrogen-bridged dimolybdenum complex bearing a PNP-type pincer ligand works as a good catalyst in the direct transformation of molecular dinitrogen into ammonia, where up to 23 equiv are produced based on the catalyst. We believe that both systems provide a new aspect in the development of novel nitrogen fixation.

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The article was received on 16 Jan 2012, accepted on 29 Feb 2012 and first published on 01 Mar 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT30105A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 7447-7453
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    Molybdenum-catalyzed reduction of molecular dinitrogen under mild reaction conditions

    Y. Nishibayashi, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 7447
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT30105A

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