Tetraazidomethane

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Tetraazidomethane
Tetraazidomethane
Tetraazidomethane
Names
IUPAC name
Tetraazidomethane
Identifiers
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Properties
CN12
Molar mass 180.09 g/mol
Boiling point ~165 °C (estimate)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Tetraazidomethane is a colorless, highly explosive liquid. Its chemical structure consists of a carbon atom substituted with four azide functional groups.

Synthesis[edit]

It was first prepared by Klaus Banert in 2006 by reaction of trichloroacetonitrile with sodium azide.[1]

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Uses[edit]

As with other polyazides, tetraazidomethane has interest as a high-energy-density material with potential uses in explosives, propellants, or fireworks.[2] Silicon tetraazide is also a known compound.

Reactions[edit]

Banert has reported that tetraazidomethane participates in a number of surprising reactions including hydrolysis, cycloaddition reactions with alkenes and alkynes, and reaction with phosphines to form phosphazenes.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Exciting Chemistry of Tetraazidomethane", Klaus Banert, Young-Hyuk Joo, Tobias Ruffer, Bernhard Walfort, and Heinrich Lang, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 1168–1171. doi:10.1002/anie.200603960
  2. ^ "Tetraazidomethane: Chemistry with a Bang", Chemical & Engineering News, Dec. 18, 2006, 46.