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Keywords:

  • boron;
  • chelate ligands;
  • explosives;
  • Group 1 metals;
  • N-tetrazolate
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Nitrogen-rich hydrotris(tetrazolyl)borate salts of lithium, sodium, and potassium have been prepared for the first time by thermolysis of the borohydride ion with three equivalents of tetrazoles in ether solvents at 160–162 °C. Despite the high nitrogen contents, these complexes have low sensitivity to impact, electrostatic discharge, and friction.