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Pure Appl. Chem., 2006, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 363-375

Catalytic activation of nitrogen derivatives with transition-metal complexes

Hélène Lebel, Olivier Leogane, Kim Huard and Sylvain Lectard

Département de Chimie, Université de Montréal, Montréal H3C 3J7, Canada

Abstract: Studies regarding the transition-metal-catalyzed decomposition of nitrogen derivatives toward Curtius rearrangement and the formation of nitrenes which undergo C-H insertion and aziridination reactions are presented. These processes lead to the formation of C-N bond with a high level of selectivity and efficiency.