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Issue 9, 2005
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Dinitroso and polynitroso compounds

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The growing interest in the chemistry of C-nitroso compounds (RN[double bond, length as m-dash]O; R = alkyl or aryl group) is due in part to the recognition of their participation in various metabolic processes of nitrogen-containing compounds. C-Nitroso compounds have a rich organic chemistry in their own right, displaying interesting intra- and intermolecular dimerization processes and addition reactions with unsaturated compounds. In addition, they have a fascinating coordination chemistry. While most of the attention has been directed towards C-nitroso compounds containing a single –NO moiety, there is an emerging area of research dealing with dinitroso and polynitroso compounds. In this critical review, we present and discuss the synthetic routes and properties of these relatively unexplored dinitroso and polynitroso compounds, and suggest areas of further development involving these compounds. (126 references.)

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17 Apr 2005
First published
17 May 2005

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005,34, 797-809
Article type
Critical Review

Dinitroso and polynitroso compounds

B. G. Gowenlock and G. B. Richter-Addo, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005, 34, 797
DOI: 10.1039/B500855G

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