# Nitrogen chain nomenclature

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

For example:

$\ce{H2N-N(NH2)-NH2}$

Is this compound a nitrane (nitrogen alkane)?

If so how would I name this branched nitrogen compound?

## 1 Answer

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.

• Additionally, it is probably going to explode. – Lighthart May 13 '15 at 23:28
• This is a substance that I am definitely not keen on being around. – user15489 May 14 '15 at 1:17
• Yeah I can see why azanes would be explosive. – Caters May 31 '15 at 7:50