Time-resolved studies of germylene, GeH2, generated by laser. ash photolysis of 3,4-dimethyl-1-germacyclopent-3-ene, have been carried out to obtain rate coefficients for its bimolecular reaction with C2D2. The reaction was studied in the gas phase, mainly at a total pressure of 1.3 kPa (in SF6 bath gas) at five temperatures in the range 298-558 K. Pressure variation measurements over the range 0.13-13 kPa ( SF6) at 298, 397 and 558 K revealed a small pressure dependence but only at 558 K. After correction for this, the second-order rate coefficients gave the Arrhenius equation:\ud log(k(infinity)/cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1)) = (-10.96 +/- 0.05) + ( 6.16 +/- 0.37 kJ mol(-1))/RT ln 10\ud \ud Comparison with the reaction of GeH2 + C2H2 (studied earlier) showed a similar behaviour with almost identical rate coefficients. The lack of a significant isotope effect is consistent with a rate-determining addition process and is explained by irreversible decomposition of the reaction intermediate to give Ge(P-3) + C2H4. This result contrasts with that for GeH2 + C2H4/C2D4 and those for the analogous silylene reactions. The underlying reasons for this are discussed.\u
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