Concomitant bond formation and bond fission in the mass spectral fragmentation of an organometallic molecule
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Examination of the mass spectra of fac-(nbd)Mo(13CO)(CO)3(nbd = norbornadiene) (1) and fac-(bcnt)Mo(13CO)(CO)3(bcnt = bicyclo[6.1.0]nona-2,4-6-triene) (2) shows that in the former loss of CO occurs with complete scrambling, while that in the latter is by almost exclusive loss of the labelled group; this is interpreted in terms of accompanying formation of a new metal-olefin bond on loss of CO from (2).
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Davis, R., Webb, M. L., & Darensbourg, D. J.