Molecular Octa-Uranium Rings with Alternating Nitride and Azide Bridges

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Science  16 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5742, pp. 1835-1838
DOI: 10.1126/science.1116452

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Uranium nitrides offer potential as future nuclear fuels and as probes of metal ligand multiple bonding involving the f-block actinide metals. However, few molecular examples are available for study owing to the difficulties in synthesis. Recent advances in organoactinide chemistry have provided a route to uranium nitride complexes that expands the options for developing UN chemistry. Several 24-membered uranium nitrogen rings, (UNUN3)4, have been synthesized by reduction of sodium azide with organometallic metallocene derivatives, [(C5Me4R)2U][(μ-Ph)2BPh2] (R = Me, H; Me = methyl, Ph = phenyl). The nanometer-sized rings contain unusual UNU nitride linkages that have short U-N distances within the double-bond range.

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