Triplet 2-formyl phenylnitrene was generated by photolysis of 2-formyl phenylazide isolated in Ar, Kr, and Xe matrixes and characterized by IR, UV-vis, and EPR spectroscopies. Upon generation at 10 K, the triplet nitrene spontaneously rearranges in the dark to singlet 6-imino-2,4-cyclohexadien-1-ketene on the time scale of several hours. The intramolecular [1,4] H atom shift from the nitrene to the imino ketene occurs by tunneling, on the triplet manifold, followed by intersystem crossing. This case constitutes the first direct evidence of a tunneling reaction involving a nitrene.
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