A 2nd generation PN3P-pincer azido nickel complex (PN3P)Ni(N3) reacts with isocyanides to afford monosubstituted carbodiimides under irradiation, presumably via a transient nitrido intermediate. The resulting species can further generate unsymmetrical carboddimides and the PN3P nickel halide complex, accomplishing a synthetic cycle for a complete nitrogen atom transfer reaction.
Yao C, Wang X, Huang K-W (2018) Nitrogen atom transfer mediated by a new PN3P-pincer nickel core via a putative nitrido nickel intermediate. Chemical Communications. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7cc09804a.
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