Unusual Bonding in Disulfur Ligands

  • Author: Rachel McGlue
  • Published Date: 30 December 2012
  • Source / Publisher: Chemistry – A European Journal/Wiley-VCH
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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THERANINADATHUR VENKATARAGHAVAN wrote:

unusal bonding in disulfur ligands....

In a poly metallic bonding of Sulfur from Hydrogensulfide gas -a situation is obtained where free sulfur separation occurs. This happens in H2S gas scavenging- a situation presented after partial absorption reaction.The reacted sulfur does not regenerate by other reactions. It is difficult to assign bonding locations in pgms+ metal ions.

Fri Jan 04 01:48:45 UTC 2013

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