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Organometallic chemistry

Carbon–carbon bonds get a break

As a rule of thumb, carbon–carbon bonds are not easily broken. But a tungsten complex has been found to break a particularly strong carbon–carbon bond, opening up fresh opportunities for organic synthesis.

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Figure 1: Bond addition reactions.
Figure 2: Proposed mechanism of a C–C bond addition.


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Goldman, A. Carbon–carbon bonds get a break. Nature 463, 435–436 (2010).

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