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Tristram Chivers, Risto S. Laitinen (2019). 4. Selenium– and tellurium–nitrogen reagents. In Risto Laitinen, Raija Oilunkaniemi (Eds.), Selenium and Tellurium Reagents: In Chemistry and Materials Science (pp. 123–150). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

Selenium– and tellurium–nitrogen reagents

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Author: Chivers, Tristram1; Laitinen, Risto S.2
Organizations: 1Department of Chemistry, University of Calgrary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
2Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 3000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-04-30


The reactivity of the chalcogen-nitrogen bond toward main-group element or transition-metal halides, as well as electrophilic and nucleophilic reagents, is the source of a variety of applications of Se–N and Te–N compounds in both inorganic or organic chemistry. The thermal lability of Se–N compounds also engenders useful transformations including the formation of radicals via homolytic Se-Nbondcleavage. These aspects of Se-N and Te-N chemistry will be illustrated with examples from the reactions of the binary selenium nitride Se₄N₄, selenium-nitrogen halides [N(SeCln)2]+ (n = 1, 2), the synthons E(NSO)2 (E = Se, Te), chalcogen-nitrogen-silicon reagents, chalcogen(IV) diimides RN=E=NR, the triimidotellurite dianion [Te(NtBu)₃]2−, chalcogen( II) amides and diamides E(NR₂)₂ (E = Se, Te; R = alkyl, SiMe₃), and heterocyclic systems.

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This article has previously been published in the journal Physical Sciences Reviews, Volume 4, Issue 5, 20170125, ISSN (Online) 2365-659X, DOI:‐0125.

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ISBN: 978-3-11-052794-0
Pages: 123 - 150
DOI: 10.1515/9783110529340-004
Host publication: Selenium and tellurium reagents : in chemistry and materials science
Host publication editor: Laitinen, Risto
Oilunkaniemi, Raija
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
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