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Uranium chemistry

An actinide milestone

A complex featuring a uranium(VI) terminal nitride functional group has been isolated through mild oxidation, and shown to be highly reactive. Under photolysis, it converts into a compound that is capable of C–H bond activation.

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Figure 1: Oxidation of the U(V) nitride 1 (where 12C4 is the cyclic crown ether 12-crown-4) resulting in formation of U(VI) nitride 2.


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