A perchlorate-promoted electrochemically induced nitride coupling reaction

Pak Ho Chan, Sheng Pei Chen, Kin Wai Yeung, Kwong Chak Cheung, Shuangjin Hong, Shi Gang Sun, Kwok Yin Wong

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The osmium nitride complex [OsVI(NH3)4N]3+undergoes a one-electron reduction in acetonitrile to give [OsV(N)(NH3)4]2+, which further reacts by nitride coupling to give the μ-dinitrogen osmium complex [(CH3CN)(NH3)4OsII(N2)OsII(NH3)4(CH3CN)]4+. The formation of the μ-dinitrogen osmium complex is promoted by the presence of perchlorate anion, which causes the deposition of [(CH3CN)(NH3)4OsII(N2)OsII(NH3)4(CH3CN)](ClO4)4on the electrode surface upon repetitive voltammetric scans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1244-1248
Number of pages5
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Electrochemically induced nitride coupling
  • Osmium nitride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry


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