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Laser Chemistry
Volume 19 (1999), Issue 1-4, Pages 133-139

Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy in Supercritical Fluids

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom

Received 4 June 1997

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We have used fast Time-resolved Infrared Spectroscopy (TRIR) to probe organometallic reactions in supercritical fluids on the nanosecond time-scale. This has allowed us to identify, for the first time in solution at room temperature, organometallic noble gas complexes which are formed following irradiation of metal carbonyls in supercritical noble gas solution. We have found that these complexes are surprisingly stable and have comparable reactivity to organometallic alkane complexes. We have also studied the coordination of CO2 to metal centres in supercritical CO2 (scCO2) and provide the first evidence for the formation and reactivity of ɳ1-O bound metal CO2 complexes in solution at or above room temperature.