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Keywords:

  • backdonation;
  • organometallic complexes;
  • resonant inelastic X-ray scattering;
  • X-ray spectroscopy
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Fundamental processes: Charge donation/backdonation in the [Fe(CO)5] molecule in solution was measured by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering. This method can be used to selectively probe the electronic structure at each atom in the iron–carbonyl bond.