C–N Bond Cleavage of Anilines by a (Salen)ruthenium(VI) Nitrido Complex

Wai-Lun Man, Jianhui Xie, Yi Pan, William W. Y. Lam, Hoi-Ki Kwong, Kwok-Wa Ip, Shek-Man Yiu, Tai-Chu Lau, Kai Chung Lau

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Abstract

We report experimental and computational studies of the facile oxidative C–N bond cleavage of anilines by a (salen)ruthenium(VI) nitrido complex. We provide evidence that the initial step involves nucleophilic attack of aniline at the nitrido ligand of the ruthenium complex, which is followed by proton and electron transfer to afford a (salen)ruthenium(II) diazonium intermediate. This intermediate then undergoes unimolecular decomposition to generate benzene and N2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5533–5536
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume135
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2013

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