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Issue 17, 2015
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Niobium-nitrides derived from nitrogen splitting

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The easy-to-prepare Nb(V) aryloxide complex [(ArO)2Nb(μ-Cl)Cl2]2 (OAr = 2,6-bis(diphenylmethyl)-4-tert-butylphenoxide) is a precursor to both Nb(IV), [trans-(ArO)2NbCl2(THF)2], and Nb(III), K3[(ArO)4Nb2(μ-Cl)3Cl2], molecules. The Nb(IV) and (V) complexes readily split atmospheric nitrogen at room temperature and 1 atmosphere, under reducing conditions, to produce the low-coordinate nitride dimer [(ArO)2Nb(μ-N)]2 and its radical anion, K[(ArO)2Nb(μ-N)]2.

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30 Nov 2014
06 Jan 2015
First published
09 Jan 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 3526-3528
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Niobium-nitrides derived from nitrogen splitting

K. Searles, P. J. Carroll, C. Chen, M. Pink and D. J. Mindiola, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 3526
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09563D

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