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Title: Distortion of the [FeNO] 2 Core in Flavodiiron Nitric Oxide Reductase Models Inhibits N–N Bond Formation and Promotes Formation of Unusual Dinitrosyl Iron Complexes: Implications for Catalysis and Reactivity
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Journal of the American Chemical Society
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