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The Photochemistry and Photophysics of M(CO)5 (M= Fe, Ru, Os)

Nicholas Leadbeater

Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW. United Kingdom


This article will report recent findings on the photochemistry and photophysics of the group 8 mononuclear carbonyl complexes M(CO)5 (M= Fe, Ru, Os). Attention will be focused on the photochemical substitution of a carbonyl group in M(CO)5 by other two electron donor ligands and the use of this in generating novel organometallic complexes. The mechanism for this substitution will also be discussed. Some of the complexes have been shown in previous investigations to be key intermediates in the catalytic hydrogenation of alkenes and so as an additional area of study, catalytic pathways will be forwarded for these processes.

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