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Synergistic effects in the activation of small molecules by s-block elements

This critical review covers recent developments in the special chemistry which can take place when two different s-block metals are combined within the same organometallic mixture or reagent. It will cover a selection of the most widely researched mixed-metal ‘synergic’ systems, and will be confined to mixed alkali metal/magnesium reagents. An overview of the known structural chemistry of these fascinating systems will be presented along with some of their pertinent, recent uses in synthesis, including, in the activation/cleavage of C-H bonds (i.e., a metallation reaction) or induction of metal-halogen exchange in organic molecules. The chapter begins by providing a brief historical overview of mixed s-block metal chemistry.

Publication details


Print publication date
16 Jun 2011
Copyright year
2011
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-137-9
PDF eISBN
978-1-84973-280-2
From the book series:
SPR - Organometallic Chemistry