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Photoinduced epimerisation of chiral iron aminocarbene complexes of the type [(η5-C5H5)Fe(CO)(L)-{=C(NHR2)(CH2R1)}]+BF4-[L = PPh3, P(p-tolyl)3; R1= H, Me; R2= CH2Ph, CH(Me)Ph] has been observed in 10% H2O-MeOH, MeOH, EtOH, THF and CH2Cl2at room temperature. Exchange experiments have unambiguously established that reversible phosphine ligand (L) dissociation rather than reversible loss of the carbon monoxide ligand is the only mechanism operating.

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Journal article


Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 2

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1147 - 1152