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Title: Chemistry of the Highly Strained Alkene Perfluorobicyclo[2.2.0]hex-1(4)-ene: Chemistry of the Highly Strained Alkene Perfluorobicyclo[2.2.0]hex-1(4)-ene
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Date Published:
Journal Name:
European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Page Range / eLocation ID:
p. 3167-3179
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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