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N-N bond cleavage in N-nitrosoarylamines

Evans, Louise A.; Petrovic, Marija; Antonijevic, Milan; Wiles, Charlotte; Watts, Paul; Wadhawan, Jay


Louise A. Evans

Marija Petrovic

Milan Antonijevic

Charlotte Wiles

Paul Watts


The rupture of N-N bonds in three specific N-nitrosoarylamines (N,N'-dimethyl-N,N-dinitroso-para-phenylenediamine, Cupferron, and N-nitrosodiphenylamine) upon electrochemical oxidation in acetonitrile solution is investigated. In two cases, viz., Cupferron and N-nitrosodiphenylamine, self-inhibition via partial blocking of the electrode due to adsorption is observed. In the case of the bis(nitroso)arylamine, waveshape analysis using the Marcus theory of steady-state voltammetry at microelectrodes suggests that the oxidation involves the formation of a dication before N-N bond cleavage or a mechanism of the ECEC type.


Evans, L. A., Petrovic, M., Antonijevic, M., Wiles, C., Watts, P., & Wadhawan, J. (2008). N-N bond cleavage in N-nitrosoarylamines. Journal of physical chemistry. C, 112(33), 12928-12935.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 31, 2008
Publication Date Aug 1, 2008
Print ISSN 1932-7447
Electronic ISSN 1932-7455
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 112
Issue 33
Pages 12928-12935
Keywords General Energy; Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Surfaces, Coatings and Films
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