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Keywords:

  • computational chemistry;
  • heterocycles;
  • N-heterocyclic carbenes;
  • nitrogen oxides;
  • structure elucidation
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A good catch: N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) form stable adducts with nitrous oxide (N2O) under mild reaction conditions. The adducts display unique reactivity as evidenced by an alkylation reaction which leads to a rupture of the N[BOND]N bond.