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Neutral Aminyl Radicals Derived from Azoimidazolium Dyes

The synthesis and characterization of a new class of neutral aminyl radicals is reported. Monoradicals were obtained by reduction of azoimidazolium dyes with potassium. Structural, spectroscopic, and computational data suggest that the spin density is centered on one of the nitrogen atoms of the former azo group. The reduction of a dimeric dye with an octamethylbiphenylene bridge between the azo groups resulted in the formation of a biradical with largely independent unpaired electrons. Both the monoradicals and the biradical were found to display high stability in solution as well as in the solid state.


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