We describe the unusual reactivity of a highly labile diethyl ether adduct of an asymmetric niobium(V) bis(imide) 2.OEt2 containing the monoazabutadiene (MAD) ligand. This species undergoes clean nitrene transfer on treatment with tert-butyl- or di-isopropylphenyl azide resulting in the unprecedented reformation of nacnac ligands bound to the metal center. Corresponding reactions with trimethylsilyl- or tert-butyl azide allowed the isolation of two rare intermediates prior to N2 loss; mechanistic studies support the involvement of two different niobium species.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry