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Dalton Trans., 2020, 49, 6532,

Neutral binary chalcogen–nitrogen and ternary S,N,P molecules : new structures, bonding insights and potential applications

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Author: Chivers, Tristram1; Laitinen, Risto S.2
Organizations: 1Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
2Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Oulu, P. O. Box 3000, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-14


Early theoretical and experimental investigations of inorganic sulfur–nitrogen compounds were dominated by (a) assessments of the purported aromatic character of cyclic, binary S,N molecules and ions, (b) the unpredictable reactions of the fascinating cage compound S₄N₄, and (c) the unique structure and properties of the conducting polymer (SN)ₓ. In the last few years, in addition to unexpected developments in the chemistry of well-known sulfur nitrides, the emphasis of these studies has changed to include nitrogen-rich species formed under high pressures, as well as the selenium analogues of well-known S,N compounds. Novel applications have been established or predicted for many binary S/Se,N molecules, including their use for fingerprint detection, in optoelectronic devices, as high energy-density compounds or as hydrogen-storage materials. The purpose of this perspective is to evaluate critically these new aspects of the chemistry of neutral, binary chalcogen–nitrogen molecules and to suggest experimental approaches to the synthesis of target compounds. Recently identified ternary S,N,P compounds will also be considered in light of their isoelectronic relationship with binary S,N cations.

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Series: Dalton transactions
ISSN: 1477-9226
ISSN-E: 1477-9234
ISSN-L: 1477-9226
Volume: 49
Issue: 20
Pages: 6532 - 6547
DOI: 10.1039/d0dt00807a
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
Copyright information: © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2020. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.