Nitrogen fixation to cyanide at a molybdenum center

John J. Curley, Anthony F. Cozzolino, Christopher C. Cummins

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations


Facile methoxymethylation of N2-derived nitride NMo(N[ tBu]Ar)3 provided the imido cation [MeOCH 2NMo(N[tBu]Ar)3]+ as its triflate salt in 88% yield. Treatment of the latter with LiN(SiMe3) 2 provided blue methoxyketimide complex MeO(H)CNMo(N[ tBu]Ar)3 in 95% yield. Conversion of the latter to the terminal cyanide complex NCMo(N[tBu]Ar)3, which was the subject of a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study, was accomplished in 51% yield upon treatment with a combination of SnCl2 and Me 2NSiMe3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2429-2432
Number of pages4
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 21 2011


Dive into the research topics of 'Nitrogen fixation to cyanide at a molybdenum center'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this