Direct Characterization of Late-Metal Nitrido Complexes
Late-metal nitrido complexes are highly reactive structures that participate in important synthetic reactions, such as C–H amination. The intrinsic reactivity of these complexes renders them challenging to directly characterize.1 With the goal of utilizing late-metal nitrido complexes to oxidize small hydrocarbons, such as methane, characterization of related, highly reactive metal–ligand multiply bonded complexes is essential. We are interested in using photocrystallography to characterize reactive structures. In this experiment, the highly reactive complex of interest is generated from a stable metal azide precursor solid-state photolysis. With the use of solid-state photolysis, the highly reactive nitrido complex will essentially be stuck in its crystalline state and allow for characterization. We anticipate that this technique may allow for the direct characterization of these late-metal nitridos.
Wise, Ryan Deene (2017). Direct Characterization of Late-Metal Nitrido Complexes. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from