Photochemistry of Gas-Phase Mn2(CO)10 and Re2(CO)10: Mass Spectrometric Evidence for a Dinuclear Primary Photoproduct

D. G. Leopold, V. Vaida

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The photochemistries of Mn2(CO)10 and Re2(CO)10 following excitation at 337 nm in the region of their σ ← σ bands are investigated under collision-free conditions. Results suggest that in addition to the M(CO)5 photofragments previously reported in the molecular beam study of Freedman and Bersohn, partially decarbonylated dimetal photofragments are also produced. Thus, in the gas phase, as in solution, both dissociative CO loss and M-M bond scission appear to be primary photochemical processes in the dimetal decacarbonyl systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3720-3722
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jan 1984

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