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Chemistry: How nitrogen is transferred by a catalyst

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Catalysts with a metal-nitrogen bond can transfer nitrogen to organic molecules. In this process short-lived molecular species are formed, whose properties critically determine the course of the reaction and product formation. The key compound in a catalytic nitrogen-atom transfer reaction has now been analysed in detail by chemists. The detailed understanding of this reaction will allow for the design of catalysts tailored for specific reactions.

Source: ScienceDaily.com