A reaction I've tried several times in the past is the hydrogenation of nitroimidazole derivative shown below. The amino product is extremely unstable and rapidly decomposes.
This instability is noted in may pieces of literature and the explanation tends to only go far as saying 'ring fission' occurs.
Question: What is the mechanism of this ring fission? To be clear, I am not interested in getting this reaction to work.... It is no longer a target of mine.
Perhaps the entire mechanism is not determinable, but I presume the amine of one molecule attacks another molecule's imidazole ring? Where would this be? How is fission occuring?
EDIT: Possibly something to do with the apparently favoured tautomerism between these two forms: