Organometallic chemistry

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Organometallic chemistry is the study of chemical compounds containing at least one bond between a carbon atom of an organic compound and a metal.


  • Organometallic chemists try to understand how organic molecules or groups interact with compounds of the inorganic elements, chiefly metals. These elements can be divided into the main group, consisting of the s and p blocks of the periodic table, and the transition elements of the d and f blocks.
    • Robert H. Crabtree (2014), The Organometallic Chemistry of Transition Metal (6th ed.), Chapter 1. Introduction, p. 1.
  • Metals, particularly lithium and magnesium, act on haloalkanes to generate new compounds, called organometallic reagents, in which a carbon atom of an organic group is bound to a metal. These species are strong bases and good nucleophiles and as such are extremely useful in organic syntheses.
    • K. Peter C. Vollhardt, Neil E. Schore (2011) Organic chemistry : structure and function 6th ed. Chapter 8. Hydroxy Functional Group : Alcohols, p. 304.

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