Technical Comments

Comment on “Synthesis and characterization of the pentazolate anion cyclo-N5 in (N5)6(H3O)3(NH4)4Cl”

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  16 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6381, eaao3672
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao3672

You are currently viewing the abstract.

View Full Text


Zhang et al. (Reports, 27 January 2017, p. 374) reported synthesis of a cyclo-N5 ion putatively stabilized in a solid-state salt by hydrogen bonding from surrounding counterions. We performed theoretical calculations suggesting that HN5 would be favored over the anion in the reported pentazolate salt via proton transfer.

View Full Text