Cleavage of the N-Oxide bond
NOTE: Important charges and non-bonding electrons are shown throughout the animation except during the transition phase
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Cleavage of the N-oxide bond usually occurs using trivalent phosphorus compounds. The phosphorus donates its lone pair of electrons whilst accepting a pair of electrons into a d orbital. The formation of the strong P=O bond is a driving force for the reaction.