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More details on diazoolefins

Diazoolefins are long-sought-after compounds, but experimental evidence for them is limited because of their high reactivity. Now, it has been shown that the reaction of N-heterocyclic olefins with nitrous oxide provides access to diazoolefins, enabling structural characterization and applications in organometallic and synthetic chemistry.

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Fig. 1: The synthesis, structure and reactivity of diazoalkanes and diazoolefins.


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C.E. thanks the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie for a Kekulé scholarship.

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Empel, C., Koenigs, R.M. More details on diazoolefins. Nat. Chem. 13, 1030–1032 (2021).

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