Diazomethane

Authored by: Pradyot Patnaik

Handbook of Environmental Analysis

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498745611
eBook ISBN: 9781315151946
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315151946-87

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Abstract

Synonym: azimethylene; formula: CH2N2; structure: CH2 = N+ = N; MW 42.04; CAS [334-88-3]; used as a methylating reagent in organic synthesis; yellow gas; liquefies at −23°C; solidifies at −145°C; decomposes on solid surfaces; soluble in ether and dioxane; solution unstable; readily breaks down to N2; explodes on heating, rough surfaces, or in the presence of impurities, or when concentrated; highly toxic.

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