Activation of molecular nitrogen: Coordination, cleavage and functionalization of N-2 mediated by metal complexes

M P Shaver, M D Fryzuk

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Recent developments in the activation and reactivity of coordinated dinitrogen are reviewed. Examples of weakly activated dinitrogen metal complexes, strongly reduced nitrogen-nitrogen bonds and N-2 cleavage reactions are discussed. Protonation reactions to form ammonia or hydrazido derivatives are covered along with processes in which nitrogen-boron, nitrogen-silicon or nitrogen-carbon bonds can form. Although this review builds on previous publications, a general introduction to this field is included.

1 Introduction

1.1 Background

1.2 Coordination Chemistry of Dinitrogen

2 Dinitrogen Activation

3 Dinitrogen Cleavage

4 Reactivity of Coordinated Dinitrogen

4.1 Formation of N-H Bonds From Coordinated Dinitrogen

4.2 Formation of N-Element Bonds From Coordinated Dinitrogen

5 Final Thoughts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1076
Number of pages16
JournalAdvanced Synthesis & Catalysis
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

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