Carbon-Nitrogen Cleavage in the Photolysis and Pyrolysis of Triphenylmethyl Azide

Frederick D. Lewis, William H. Saunders

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The formation of triphenylmethyl radical in the photolysis of triphenylmethyl azide is demonstrated by its esr spectrum. Photolysis of azide labeled in the terminal nitrogen with nitrogen-15 leads to isotope-position rearrangement, suggesting that recombination of triphenylmethyl and azide radicals occurs. Pyrolysis of the labeled azide results in extensive isotope-position rearrangement. No radicals can be detected in the pyrolysis products by esr measurement, however, so the rearrangement probably occuss by an intramolecular process or ion-pair recombination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3828-3830
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jan 1 1968

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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