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isostructural reaction

A ligand exchange reaction, where the structural type of the metal complex remains the same.
MLn + X-->MLn-1X + L + ΔE
Although these types of reactions are not necessarily isodesmic reactions, a substantial degree of error cancellation for the calculated energy, ΔE, is achieved because the coordination sphere of the metal atom M is conserved.
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PAC, 1999, 71, 1919 (Glossary of terms used in theoretical organic chemistry) on page 1948
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
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