Conversion of a Fleeting Open-Shell Iron Nitride into an Iron Nitrosyl

Hao Ching Chang, Yen Hao Lin, Christophe Werlé, Frank Neese, Way Zen Lee*, Eckhard Bill, Shengfa Ye

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Terminal metal nitrides have been proposed as key intermediates in a series of pivotal chemical transformations. However, exploring the chemical activity of transient tetragonal iron(V) nitrides is largely impeded by their facile dimerization in fluid solutions. Herein, in situ EPR and Mössbauer investigations are presented of unprecedented oxygenation of a paramagnetic iron(V) nitrido intermediate, [FeVN(cyclam-ac)]+ (2, cyclam-ac=1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane-1-acetate anion), yielding an iron nitrosyl complex, [Fe(NO)(cyclam-ac)]+ (3). Further theoretical studies suggest that during the reaction a closed-shell singlet O atom is transferred to 2. Consequently, the N−O bond formation does not follow a radical coupling mechanism proposed for the N−N bond formation but is accomplished by three mutual electron-transfer pathways between 2 and the O atom donor, thanks to the ambiphilic nature of 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17589-17593
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 2


  • EPR spectroscopy
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy
  • iron
  • nitrides
  • nitrosyl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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