Observation of a Photogenerated Rh2 Nitrenoid Intermediate in C–H Amination Academic Article uri icon


  • Rh2-catalyzed C-H amination is a powerful method for nitrogenating organic molecules. While Rh2 nitrenoids are often invoked as reactive intermediates in these reactions, the exquisite reactivity and fleeting lifetime of these species has precluded their observation. Here, we report the photogeneration of a transient Rh2 nitrenoid that participates in C-H amination. The developed approach to Rh2 nitrenoids, based on photochemical cleavage of N-Cl bonds in N-chloroamido ligands, has enabled characterization of a reactive Rh2 nitrenoid by mass spectrometry and transient absorption spectroscopy. We anticipate that photogeneration of metal nitrenoids will contribute to the development of C-H amination catalysis by providing tools to directly study the structures of these critical intermediates.

author list (cited authors)

  • Das, A., Maher, A. G., Telser, J., & Powers, D. C.

complete list of authors

  • Das, Anuvab||Maher, Andrew G||Telser, Joshua||Powers, David C

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM