Cobalt-catalyzed transformation of molecular dinitrogen into silylamine under ambient reaction conditions

Ryuji Imayoshi, Hiromasa Tanaka, Yuki Matsuo, Masahiro Yuki, Kazunari Nakajima, Kazunari Yoshizawa, Yoshiaki Nishibayashi

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Abstract

The first successful example of cobalt-catalyzed reduction of N2 with Me3SiCl and Na as a reductant, under ambient reaction conditions, gives N(SiMe3)3, which can be readily converted into NH3. In this reaction system, 2,2′-bipyridine (bpy) is found to work as an effective additive to improve substantially the catalytic activity. Co-N2 complexes bearing three Me3Si groups as ancillary ligands are considered to work as key reactive species based on DFT calculations. The DFT results also allow the proposal of a detailed reaction pathway for the transformation of N2 into N(SiMe3)3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8905-8909
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume21
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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