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Transformation of Coordinated Dinitrogen by Reaction with Dihydrogen and Primary Silanes

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Science  07 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5305, pp. 1445-1447
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5305.1445

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Abstract

The reaction of dihydrogen with a side-on bound dinitrogen complex of zirconium was investigated. Instead of a displacement of the dinitrogen moiety, which is the common mode of reactivity, a complex containing both a bridging hydride and a bridging hydrazido unit with a nitrogen-hydrogen bond was observed. This reaction was extended to primary silanes to produce a species that contained a nitrogen-silicon bond. In addition, an intermediate in the dihydrogen addition has been structurally characterized as having a bridging dihydrogen unit.

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