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The Exciting Chemistry of Tetraazidomethane


  • This work was supported by the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie. We thank Dr. M. Hagedorn and Dr. J. Lehmann for help with spectroscopic investigations.


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With a nitrogen content of 93.3 %, “perazidomethane” (CN12) is highly explosive but nevertheless isolable. The title compound, which is accessible from commercially available trichloroacetonitrile in one step, undergoes simple dissociation and trapping reactions as well as more-complex transformations (for example, in the presence of norbornene; see scheme).