Addition of nitriles to metal sulfides: Possible insight into the metal sulfide catalyzed hydrogenation of nitriles and dinitrogen

Jonathan T. Goodman, Thomas B. Rauchfuss

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In the presence of oxidants such as amine oxides, nitriles add to [ReS4]- ions to give bicyclic adducts (structure of the CF3CN adduct on the right). This reaction provides a new model for the activation of unsaturated nitrogen compounds by metal sulfides, which are known to be good catalysts for the hydrogenation of such substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2083-2085
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie (International Edition in English)
Issue number19
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997



  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Oxidoreductases
  • Redox chemistry
  • Rhenium
  • Sulfur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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