Photochemistry of transition metal carbonyls

James J. Turner, Michael W. George, Martyn Poliakoff, Robin N. Perutz

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The purpose of this Tutorial Review is to outline the fundamental photochemistry of metal carbonyls, and to show how the advances in technology have increased our understanding of the detailed mechanisms, particularly how relatively simple experiments can provide deep understanding of complex problems. We recall some important early experiments that demonstrate the key principles underlying current research, concentrating on the binary carbonyls and selected substituted metal carbonyls. At each stage, we illustrate with examples from recent applications. This review first considers the detection of photochemical intermediates in three environments: glasses and matrices; gas phase; solution. It is followed by an examination of the theory underpinning these observations. In the final two sections, we briefly address applications to the characterization and behaviour of complexes with very labile ligands such as N2, H2 and alkanes, concentrating on key mechanistic points, and also describe some principles and examples of photocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5300-5329
Number of pages30
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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