Volume 20, Issue 14 p. 3913-3916
Communication

New PN Cage Compounds Generated by Small-Molecule Activation

Alexander Hinz

Alexander Hinz

Institut für Chemie, Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 3a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

Search for more papers by this author
Prof. Dr. Axel Schulz

Corresponding Author

Prof. Dr. Axel Schulz

Institut für Chemie, Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 3a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

Abteilung Materialdesign, Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

Institut für Chemie, Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 3a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)Search for more papers by this author
Dr. Alexander Villinger

Dr. Alexander Villinger

Institut für Chemie, Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 3a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

Search for more papers by this author
First published: 25 February 2014
Citations: 25

Graphical Abstract

Trapped in a cage: New small Group 15 cage molecules were obtained by reactions of diphosphadiazanediyls with dipnictenes. These species were characterized spectroscopically, structurally, and computationally (see figure).

Abstract

The isolation of new small-cage compounds consisting exclusively of Group 15 elements was achieved by exploiting the reactivity of diphosphadiazanediyls. These biradicaloids were used to activate small molecules containing double bonds, such as diazenes and in situ generated diphosphenes, leading to the formation of hexapnicta-[2.1.1]bicyclohexanes.