How do we know which iron carbonyl is produced in a reaction?

1 Answer
Apr 24, 2016


I am not being facetious when I say that you do the reaction and identify the products.


Chemistry is an experimental science. Rationalization and theory follows experiment, not vice versa. There are are several zerovalent iron carbonyl complexes, i.e. #Fe_3CO_12# or #Fe(CO)_5#, a liquid, are commonly known.