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Keywords:

  • germanium;
  • germylene complexes;
  • germylyne complexes;
  • multiple bonds;
  • tungsten
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The germylyne complex 2 was obtained by dehydrogenation of a hydrido (hydrogermylene) complex 1 with mesityl isocyanate on heating. A reaction intermediate 3 was also isolated by a room temperature reaction, which was converted into 2 by heating, with elimination of MesNHCHO. A possible mechanism for the formation of 2 was elucidated by kinetic studies and DFT calculations.