—N2 Cleaved, Functionalized “Synthesis: hafnium complex enables reaction with carbon monoxide” Cornell University chemists have devised a new method to cleave and functionalize dinitrogen at room temperature and pressure. N2 is cheap and abundant. But it’s tough to use as a reactant because it is virtually inert, due largely to its very strong triple bond and nonpolarity, Cornell’s Paul J.
by Sophie L. Rovner |
December 14, 2009