Organometallic Chemistry

Carbon–Carbon Bond Formation from CO and H– The Role of Metal Formyl Intermediates



In this mini-review, we summarise the current examples of carbon chain production from metal formyl intermediates with homogeneous metal complexes. To date, the formation of both unsaturated and saturated C2 motifs along with cyclic C3 products has been reported. We discuss the mechanistic aspects of these reactions and the challenges and opportunities in using this understanding to underpin future FT chemistry.


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