I know that nitrogen is versatile enough that it can form branched chains if it is all single bonds.

For example:


Is this compound a nitrane (nitrogen alkane)?

If so how would I name this branched nitrogen compound?


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According to the IUPAC Gold book, these are known as azanes, from the information:

Saturated acyclic nitrogen hydrides having the general formula $\ce{N_{n}H_{n + 2}}$

For the example you are looking at, according to the IUPAC document P-67 Mononuclear and polynuclear noncarbon acids and their functional replacement analogues as parents for naming organic compounds (p. 15) is named as 2-aminotriazane.

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    $\begingroup$ Additionally, it is probably going to explode. $\endgroup$
    – Lighthart
    May 13, 2015 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ This is a substance that I am definitely not keen on being around. $\endgroup$
    – user15489
    May 14, 2015 at 1:17
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah I can see why azanes would be explosive. $\endgroup$
    – Caters
    May 31, 2015 at 7:50

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