Azides are not for the faint hearted...

One of our current projects deals with the stabilization of the hitherto unknown PN-triple bond. The starting materials are azidophosphanes (R2P-N3 -> R2PN) which are obtained in situ and investigated through photolysis.

 

Due to the explosive nature of the azides, the reactions are carried out on a 100 mg scale in and in dilute solutions.