# What is the mechanism for demercuration? [duplicate]

The following image is from 'Organic Chemistry Second Edition' by Clayden, Greeves, and Warren.

The final step is the demercuration, but I'm unable to find a definitive mechanism.

The wikipedia page lists a mechanism sourced from the Journal of the American Chemical Society:

Apparently, the current assumption implies formation of $\ce{R-Hg-H}$ intermediate, followed by radical chain decomposition This, however, should be taken with a grain of salt, i.e. very skeptically. Proving mechanism is an incredible amount of work, and considering relative unimportance of organomercury chemistry in modern organic synthesis, it is unlikely any considerable resources will be allocated to the task.