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N-N Bond Cleavage in a Nitrous Oxide-NHC Adduct Promoted by a PNP Pincer Cobalt(I) Complex

The reactivity of a PNP cobalt(I) complex towards the nitrous oxide N-heterocyclic carbene adduct (NHC-N2O) was explored. Several products were isolated including the cobalt nitrosyl complex (HPNP)Co(NO) (1) and the NHC-derived imine NHC=NH (2). This study provides a rare example of metal-mediated rupture of the N-N bond in a nitrous oxide derivative, a route that could be used to generate late-metal nitrosyls.

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