Synthesis, Kinetics, and Thermodynamics: An Advanced Laboratory Investigation of the Cis-Trans Isomerization of Mo(CO)4(PR3)2 Academic Article uri icon


  • An advanced laboratory investigation of the cis-trans isomerization of Mo(CO)4(PR3)2 is performed. It is crucial that the students have good 3D models of the molecules constructed with the help of either a model kit or a chemical graphics program. It is reported that the results of the experiment showing that the trans isomer is slightly more stable than the cis isomer are satisfying to the students.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Chemical Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Mooney, K. E., & Bengali, A. A

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Mooney, Kim E||Bengali, Ashfaq A

publication date

  • September 2003