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Structure of the cationic silylene complex

First transition metal complexes known to possess a metal-silicon double bond

This image shows one of the first transition metal complexes known to possess a metal-silicon double bond, in this case a double bond between an atom of silicon and an atom of the metal osmium. It is the focus of current studies aimed at defining the properties of this new type of chemical species.

This work is supported by National Science Foundation research grant CHE 98-15918.

Credit: Paul B. Glaser and T. Don Tilley

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