Ammonia and Hydrazine from Coordinated Dinitrogen by Complexes of Iron(0)

Leslie D. Field*, Hsiu L. Li, Scott J. Dalgarno, Ruaraidh D. McIntosh

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The iron(0) dinitrogen complexes [Fe(N2 )(PP3R )] (PP3R = P(CH2 CH2 PR2)3 , R=Ph, iPr, Cy) were synthesized by reduction of the precursor chloro complexes with potassium graphite. On reaction with triflic acid, [Fe(N2 )(PP3R)] complexes afforded ammonia and hydrazine in yields of up to 23 and 16 % respectively. The complex [Fe(N2)(PP3Ph)] which has only been previously synthesized in situ, has now been isolated and fully characterized by 15N NMR spectroscopy and by X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2006-2011
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number14
Early online date13 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2019


  • Ammonia
  • Catalysis
  • Hydrazine
  • Iron
  • Nitrogen fixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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