Ammonia Oxidation by Abstraction of Three Hydrogen Atoms from a Mo-NH3 Complex

Papri Bhattacharya, Zachariah M. Heiden, Eric S. Wiedner, Simone Raugei, Nicholas A. Piro, W. Scott Kassel, R. Morris Bullock, Michael T. Mock

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We report ammonia oxidation by homolytic cleavage of all three H atoms from a [Mo-NH3]+ complex using the 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenoxyl radical to yield a Mo-alkylimido ([MoNR]+) complex (R = 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylcyclohexa-2,5-dien-1-one). Chemical reduction of [MoNR]+ generates a terminal MoN nitride complex upon N-C bond cleavage, and a [MoNH]+ complex is formed by protonation of the nitride. Computational analysis describes the energetic profile for the stepwise removal of three H atoms from [Mo-NH3]+ and formation of [MoNR]+

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2916-2919
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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