Computational Approach to Nitrogen Fixation on Molybdenum–Dinitrogen Complexes

  • Hiromasa TanakaEmail author
  • Kazunari YoshizawaEmail author
Part of the Topics in Organometallic Chemistry book series (TOPORGAN, volume 60)


The transformation of N2 into NH3 (nitrogen fixation) on transition metal complexes generally involves complicated elementary reaction steps and a number of possible reaction intermediates because at least six pairs of proton and electron (or six hydrogen atoms) must take part in this process. Mechanistic details of nitrogen fixation will be disclosed by close liaison between theory and experiment. In this chapter, recent advances in the mechanistic understanding of the catalytic transformation of N2 to NH3 on mono- and dinuclear Mo–N2 complexes are overviewed from a theoretical perspective. In particular, catalytic mechanisms of nitrogen fixation by dinitrogen-bridged dimolybdenum complexes bearing pincer ligands are discussed in detail based on density-functional-theory calculations corroborated by experimental findings.


Catalytic mechanism Molybdenum Nitrogen fixation Pincer ligand Theoretical calculation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering and IRCCSKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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