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Ferrocene

As with Part II, Part III of the book concludes with a complete worked example which brings together all the concepts and techniques described in earlier sections. The molecule which forms the focus of this chapter is ferrocene, (C5H5)2Fe, the parent in a family of so called “sandwich” compounds and perhaps the most studied and exploited organometallic compound known (Fig. Error! Reference source not found..1).

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10.1 Ferrocene, (a) showing delocalisation within the cyclopentadienyl rings, (b) the pz orbitals on carbon used in bonding and (c) the location of key symmetry elements in D5d.

Part III began with a look at the simple problem ...

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