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Published April 17, 2001 | public
Journal Article

Ultrafast Electron Diffraction of Transient [Fe(CO)_4]: Determination of Molecular Structure and Reaction Pathway


The temporal diffraction–difference approach of the ultrafast electron diffraction (UED) technique was used to determine the molecular structure of the transient [Fe(CO)_4] (see picture) formed during the elimination of CO ligands from [Fe(CO)_5]. The results clearly show that the major product, up to 200 ps, is the transient [Fe(CO)_4] which is formed in the ^1A_1 state, rather than the ground ^3B_2 state.

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© 2001 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Fed. Rep. of Germany. Received: December 29, 2000. Version of Record online: 17 Apr 2001. This work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Office of Naval Research.

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