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Electron transfer to [(C5H5)Fe(CO)2]2gives an anion radical in which the electronic configuration of one Fe no longer conforms to the '18 e' rule and which undergoes cleavage of the metal-metal bond with a rate constant equal to 1060 s-1at 273 K and an activation energy of 15.7 kcal mol-1(1 kcal = 4.18 kJ) in acetonitrile.

Original publication




Journal article


Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications

Publication Date



352 - 353