Anything One Can Do, Two Can Do Too - And It's More Interesting.
INDIANA UNIV AT BLOOMINGTON DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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All of the reaction chemistry surrounding mononuclear transition metal compounds could just as easily be carried out at a bimetallic center. Indeed, there should be additional types of reactions uniquely associated with the M-M bond. This general premise is discussed in light of the recent reactivity found for dimolybdenum and ditungsten compounds. The ability of these compounds to undergo Lewis base association and dissociation reactions, reversible insertions or ligand migrations, oxidative addition and reductive elimination reactions, as well as direct additions across the M-M bond are discussed. Finally, the possible mechanisms for one of these reactions, reductive elimination of alkane and alkene from a dimolybdenum center, is considered in detail.
- Inorganic Chemistry