The behavior of the N,N-di(4-bromophenyl)nitrenium ion under acidic aqueous conditions was examined via laser flash photolysis experiments. A long-lived species forms and can be assigned as the cation radical or the dication. This species is unreactive towards nucleophiles and reactive towards strong electron donors, consistent with a cation radical. Mechanistic analysis indicates its formation is through a separate pathway than that of the nitrenium ion, suggestive of a triplet mechanism.
Generation of N,N-Di(4-bromophenyl)nitrenium Ion Under Acidic Conditions: Search for a Nitrenium Dication
10 March 2020, Version 1
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