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Photochemistry of Transition Metal Germylenes and Metallacycles

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posted on 16.02.2000, 00:00 by K. E. Litz, J. E. Bender, R. D. Sweeder, M. M. Banaszak Holl, J. W. Kampf
Group 10 metal germylene complexes of general formula (R3P)2MGeQ2 are found to be highly photosensitive. Ambient fluoresent lighting causes complete decomposition of nickel germylene species in less than one minute in the presence of germylene traps. The formation of metallacycle (Et3P)2Pt(μ-η2-H2CO)Ge[N(SiMe3)2]2 and the photochemical cycloreversion reaction are also reported.