What are pentazolate - N5 - ions, and how are they made?

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http://www.mpch-mainz.mpg.de/mpg/english/pri0804.htm

I find this to be of high interest. First, the only known form of nitrogen was N2, and then came the azide (N3-) ion, and recently the pentazolate (N5-) ion, but this new form of nitrogen is unlike anything ever seen before. Because of its structure, some scientists call it "nitrogen diamond". Unfortunately, this allotrope is only stable at high pressures. This substance would make quite a dandy explosive if it could be produced in a more stable form!

Here is more information about polymerized nitrogen.

http://www.llnl.gov/etr/pdfs/08_94.6.pdf
« Last Edit: 19/06/2008 08:14:34 by chris »
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