Symmetry selection rules for reaction mechanisms: Application to metal-ligand isomerizations

Alison Rodger*, Pieter E. Schipper

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The recently developed CSR (classical selection rule) procedure is developed specifically for application to isomerization reactions between structures with the same point symmetry (homoconversions) and those of different point symmetry (heteroconversions). For homoconversions, a rigorous procedure for determining the product-generating relationship (the combined permutation-point operation relating the two isomers) is discussed. The CSR procedure is then applied to the systematic determination of the concerted reaction mechanisms of metal-ligand isomerizations of complexes of the form MLn (n = 3-7) and M(LL)3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-466
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Erratum can be found in Inorganic Chemistry, 27(16), p. 2904, 1988.


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