Reduction of nitroaromatics to arylnitrenium ions by vinyl halide cations

Hao Chen, Xubin Zheng, Pengxiang Yang, R. Graham Cooks

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The title reduction of nitroaromatics ArNO(2) by vinyl halide radical cations CH(2)[double bond]CH-X(+*)(X = Cl or Br) to form arylnitrenium ions ArNH(+) involves a change in oxidation number of nitrogen from +3 to -1. This novel reaction provides a new route for the generation of arylnitrenium ions, a highly selective method for the detection of explosives in mixtures, and offers clues to the carcinogenic activity of nitroaromatics in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-689
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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