Polyazide Chemistry: Preparation and Characterization of As(N3)5, Sb(N3)5, and [P(C6H5)4][Sb(N3)6]

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  • Ralf Haiges Dr.,

    1. Loker Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-6679
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  • Jerry A. Boatz Dr.,

    1. Space and Missile Propulsion Division, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/PRSP), 10 East Saturn Boulevard Bldg 8451, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524, USA
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  • Ashwani Vij Dr.,

    1. Space and Missile Propulsion Division, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/PRSP), 10 East Saturn Boulevard Bldg 8451, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524, USA
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  • Vandana Vij,

    1. Space and Missile Propulsion Division, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/PRSP), 10 East Saturn Boulevard Bldg 8451, Edwards Air Force Base, CA 93524, USA
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  • Michael Gerken Dr.,

    1. Loker Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-6679
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  • Stefan Schneider Dr.,

    1. Loker Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-6679
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  • Thorsten Schroer Dr.,

    1. Loker Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-6679
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  • Muhammed Yousufuddin,

    1. Loker Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-6679
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  • Karl O. Christe Prof. Dr.

    1. Loker Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-6679
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  • This work was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, with additional support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation. R.H. thanks the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for a postdoctoral fellowship. We thank Prof. G. A. Olah, and Drs. A. Morrish, D. Woodbury, and M. Berman, for their steady support, and Prof. R. Bau and Dr. R. Wagner for their help and stimulating discussions.

Abstract

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After all, neat As(N3)5can be isolated: By analogy with AsCl5, neat As(N3)5 was predicted to be a highly unstable compound, and previous attempts at its synthesis had resulted in intense explosions. The successful syntheses and characterization of neat As(N3)5 and Sb(N3)5 and the crystal structure of the [Sb(N3)6] ion (see picture) are now described.

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