What is obtained by thermolysis of azides?

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Editor">Editor Staff asked 1 year ago

What is obtained by thermolysis of azides?
(a) free radicals
(b) carbocation
(c) arene
(d) nitrene
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This interesting question is from Fundamental Concepts in Organic Reaction Mechanism in section Organic Chemistry – Basic Principles and Technique of Chemistry – Class 11
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Editor">Editor Staff answered 1 year ago

The correct answer is (d) nitrene
For explanation: Nitrenes are obtained by the thermolysis of azides. They are neutral monovalent nitrogen species in which nitrogen atom has 2 and shared pair of electrons with a monovalent atom or group attached and they are as reactive as carbenes.