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The high basicity of a trimethylene-linked bis(NHC), acting as a chelating ligand in a ruthenium(0) complex, is responsible for its involvement in a room-temperature reaction in which the metal atom to which this bis(NHC) ligand is coordinated replaces a hydride anion of the ligand trimethylene linker, which can be taken by a hydride abstractor as unusual, in that role, as [Ru3(CO)12].
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