Catalytic nitrogen fixation via direct cleavage of nitrogen-nitrogen triple bond of molecular dinitrogen under ambient reaction conditions

Kazuya Arashiba, Aya Eizawa, Hiromasa Tanaka, Kazunari Nakajima, Kazunari Yoshizawa, Yoshiaki Nishibayashi

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Abstract

We have now found that molybdenumiodide complexes bearing a PNP-pincer ligand have a higher catalytic activity than the so far reported molybdenumdinitrogen complexes for ammonia formation from nitrogen gas under ambient reaction conditions, up to 830 equiv being produced based on a dinitrogen-bridged dimolybdenum complex (415 equiv of ammonia based on the molybdenum atom). This remarkable catalytic activity is induced by a novel reaction pathway, where the generation of a dinitrogen-bridged dimolybdenumiodide complex is a key point to promote direct cleavage of the nitrogennitrogen triple bond of the bridging dinitrogen ligand in the MoN τNMo core.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1118
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Volume90
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • Chemistry(all)

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