The structure of ruthenium pentacarbonyl: comparison to iron pentacarbonyl

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Of the metal carbonyls, iron pentacarbonyl, Fe(CO)5, is iconic: it was first reported in 1891 and was only the second metal carbonyl to be discovered, the structure is that of a trigonal bipyramid. There is no neutron diffraction data for Fe(CO)5. The only characterisation of the ruthenium congener of Fe(CO)5, Ru(CO)5, is a gas phase electron diffraction structure and infrared spectra in the C≡O stretch region. We propose to carry out the first structural and...
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