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Facile N···N Coupling of Manganese(V) Imido Species

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posted on 31.01.2007, 00:00 by Shek-Man Yiu, William W. Y. Lam, Chi-Ming Ho, Tai-Chu Lau
(Salen)manganese(V) nitrido species are activated by electrophiles such as trifluoroacetic anhydride (TFAA) or trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) to produce N2. Mechanistic studies suggest that the manganese(V) nitrido species first react with TFAA or TFA to produce an imido species, which then undergoes N···N coupling. It is proposed that the resulting manganese(III) μ-diazene species decomposes via internal redox to give N2 and manganese(II). The manganese(II) species is then rapidly oxidized by manganese(V) imide to give manganese(III) and CF3CONH2 (for TFAA) or NH3 (for TFA).