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|Molar mass||119.12 g mol−1|
|Appearance||Pale yellow, oily liquid|
|Boiling point||49–50 °C at 5 mmHg|
|Solubility in water||not appreciable|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Phenylazide is an organic compound with the formula C6H5N3. It is one of the prototypical organic azides. It has a pungent odor. The structure consists of a linear azide substituent bound to a phenyl group. The C-N=N angle is approximately 120°.
- C6H5NHNH2 + HNO2 → C6H5N3 + 2 H2O
- RC6H4I + NaN3 → RC6H4N3 + NaI
C6H5N3 is used to make heterocycles via cycloaddition to alkenes and especially alkynes, particularly those bearing electronegative substituents. It reacts with triphenylphosphine to give the Staudinger reagent C6H5NP(C6H5)3. Thermolysis induces loss of N2 to give the highly reactive phenylnitrene C6H5N.
Because of the potential for explosion, a protective blast shield is recommended during purification and handling. Distillation temperatures should be as low a possible. Organic Syntheses recommends a vacuum of 5mm Hg to give a boiling point of "66–68 °C/21 mm. with a bath temperature of 70–75 °C." The pure substance may be stored in the dark, cold, and even then the shelf-life is only weeks.