The Photochemistry of Transition Metal Carbonyls.

Photochemistry is a valuable synthetic techniques for chemists since electronic excitation often provides a route for surmounting enthalpy barriers which may otherwise require high temperature or pressure.

Both known and novel complexes have been prepared often in very high yields.

For mononuclear metal carbonyl complexes, CO labilisation is by far the most common photoreaction. In the presence of a trapping ligand, simple substitution products can be prepared.

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