Making N-C bond directly from N2: summary and perspective

N-Containing organic compounds are of vital importance to lives. Practical and catalytic synthesis of valuable N-containing organic compounds directly from dinitrogen (N2), not through ammonia (NH3), is a holy-grail in chemistry and chemical industry. Recently, scientists from Peking University, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (CAS), and Fudan University in China summarize the previous works on the transformation of N2 into organic compounds and outline the research emphases of this area in future studies.