Prof. Alan Heyduk and graduate student Ryan Zarkesh have reported the synthesis of a bimetallic tantalum imide complex with redox-active ligands. The molecular architecture directs the formation of an N-N double bond and elimination of aryl diazene upon four-electron oxidation of the dimer. The editors of Angew. Chemie have highlighted the report as a Hot Paper for its, "...importance in a rapidly evolving field of high current interest."
Thursday, May 15, 2008