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Vibronic coupling

Cage-breaking cascade

Nature Chemistry volume 3, pages 9697 (2011) | Download Citation

One-electron oxidation is generally expected to weaken a bond in a molecule or, on rare occasions, break it. Removing one electron from a small propellane cage has now been shown to break three lateral bonds, opening it up into an acyclic cation after a cascade of rearrangements, initiated by vibronic coupling.

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  1. Philippe C. Hiberty is at the Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Theoretical Chemistry Group, CNRS UMR 8000, University of Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay Cédex, France.  philippe.hiberty@u-psud.fr

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