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Alexander G. Tskhovrebov, Dr. Euro Solari, Dr. Matthew D. Wodrich, Dr. Rosario Scopelliti and Prof. Kay Severin Covalent Capture of Nitrous Oxide by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201106589

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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.

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