Acta Chim. Sinica ›› 2017, Vol. 75 ›› Issue (8): 733-743.DOI: 10.6023/A17040170 Previous Articles     Next Articles



李嘉鹏, 殷剑昊, 俞超, 张文雄, 席振峰   

  1. 北京大学化学与分子工程学院 北京 100871
  • 投稿日期:2017-04-20 发布日期:2017-05-24
  • 通讯作者: 席振峰,;Tel.:010-62759728
  • 作者简介:李嘉鹏,博士,北京大学化学与分子工程学院博士后.2008年于天津医科大学药学院获理学学士学位,2010年于天津大学药物科学与技术学院获理学硕士学位,2013年于南开大学化学学院获理学博士学位,有机化学专业,师从宋礼成院士.;张文雄,博士,北京大学化学与分子工程学院教授,博士生导师.1996年获湖南师范大学学士学位;1999年获广西师范大学硕士学位;2003年1月获南开大学博士学位(导师:宋礼成院士).2002.10~2004.10北京大学化学学院博士后(导师:席振峰院士);2004.11~2007.9日本理化学研究所博士后(导师:侯召民教授).2007年始任北京大学化学与分子工程学院副教授,2016年任教授.。目前的主要研究方向包括:1、双金属有机合成试剂化学;2、氮气的活化与转化。
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Direct Transformation of N2 to N-Containing Organic Compounds

Li Jiapeng, Yin Jianhao, Yu Chao, Zhang Wenxiong, Xi Zhenfeng   

  1. College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871
  • Received:2017-04-20 Published:2017-05-24
  • Contact: 10.6023/A17040170
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    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.21690061).

As a grand research area closely related to human civilization and living, the activation and transformation of dinitrogen (nitrogen fixation) under mild conditions used to be a central research theme worldwide in the 1970's~1990's. Nitrogen fixation is the process by which atmospheric nitrogen is directly converted to a bioavailable form. This basic chemical reaction process is essential to sustaining all life on this planet. However, due to great challenging of the nature of this research, slow progress and worldwide change of academic culture, the number of researchers engaged in this fundamental research area has been drastically reduced. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that realizing activation and transformation of dinitrogen under mild conditions is a grand scientific problem that people need to solve, required by sustainable development of human society. It is thus one of the most important missions of scientists, especially chemists. Three types of N-containing products can be obtained through direct transformation of dinitrogen. The most popular one is the formation of ammonia NH3 and NxHy. The industrial Haber-Bosch process, which requires harsh reaction conditions such as high temperature and pressure and uses at least 1%~2% of the annual primary energy supply in the world, is still the main method to produce ammonia from molecular dinitrogen and dihydrogen gases. Inspired by the investigation of nitrogenase and the discovery of the first molecular nitrogen complex in 1965, chemists have paid more attention to achieving the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia with transition metal complexes either as regents or as catalysts. Reports on the other two types of products, the N-E (E=P, Si) bonding compounds, and the N-C bonding compounds, are very rare. Compared with ammonia, nitrogen-containing organic compounds such as amines, amides, imides, amino acids and aza-heterocycles are also high-value products. This review mainly summarizes the progress in the field of direct transformation of molecular nitrogen to nitrogen-containing organic compounds by using transition metal complexes, as well as the elucidation of transformation mechanisms. The N-containing organic compounds thus formed include amines, amides, imides, nitriles, diazenes, azines, carbodiimides, isocyanates and heterocycles. Although some progress has been achieved, examples are still very much limited, efficiency is generally very low. Transition metal complex-catalyzed reaction process is in great demand. Synergetic strategy is considered to be one of the efficient ways to realize transition metal complex-catalyzed direct transformation of molecular nitrogen to nitrogen-containing organic compounds under mild conditions. The formation of N-E (E=P, Si) bonding compounds and the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia and other partially reduced or protonated products of dinitrogen are not covered here.

Key words: dinitrogen activation, dinitrogen transformation, transition metals, dinitrogen complex, nitrogen fixation