The photolyses of three N-methyl-N-nitrosoanilines and two N-methyl-N-nitroanilines in organic solvents have been studied in the range of 300-340 nm. The influence of solvent character and the presence or absence of oxygen play important roles in the product composition range. The primary photochemical process involves N-N fission, this being homolytic in aprotic solvents and heterolytic in methanol. Three novel mechanistic conclusions are proposed, namely photosolvolysis of a nitrosamine in methanol, photooxidation of nitrosamines in aprotic solvents and the production of biphenyl derivatives on photolysis of nitro-substituted nitrosamines and nitramines in aromatic solvents.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2|
|Publication status||Published - May 1997|