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Questions tagged [organometallic-compounds]

For questions relating to organic compounds which contain a bond between a carbon atom and a metal.

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Volatile alkali metal compounds

Most elements are or have compounds that are gases or have a significant vapor pressure at room temperature. Fluoride is a powerful tool for producing highly oxidized covalent and volatile compounds. ...
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How does electrophilic bromination with 1,2-dibromoethane work?

Hi I am trying to figure out the mechanism of a reaction containing a lithium carbanion and 1,2-dibromoethane in THF. The lithium carbanion is generated by deprotonating using LDA. Then 1,2-...
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Why do statistical effects impact stepwise stability constants?

I have a question regarding the stepwise stability constants of metal complex formation/substitution. My lecture notes say that if we have a metal complex, say $\ce{[MX_{6}]}$, and a substitution ...
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Why CO is a weak pi-acid ligand?

This question was given by my chemistry professor, but I doubt that this question is not correct. Following the lewis definition of the acid, any molecule or atom acts as a acid if it accepts an ...
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Why does cyclobutadieneiron tricarbonyl behave aromatically?

It is said that $\ce{(\eta^4-C4H4)Fe(CO)3}$ can undergo electrophilic substitution reactions. Therefore, it displays aromaticity. For the iron atom, it has $8$ electrons in its outer shell initially ...
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Organometallic Synthesis: Cp2Ti(I)Me from TiCl4

I've been working on this synthesis question for a couple days but I'm a little stuck. The question is: Using only $\ce{TiCl_{4}}$, $\ce{NaCp}$, $\ce{PhLi}$, $\ce{MeI}$, and $\ce{EtMgBr}$, ...
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Why there are more examples of carbonylate anions than metal carbonyl cations?

I know that metal carbonyl complexes that do not follow EAN rule or 18 electron rule try to achieve that by gaining electron (forming carbonylate) or loosing electron (forming carbonyl cations). But ...
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IRC analogue of conical intersections and minimum energy crossing points?

In my project, there are some spin forbidden organometallic reactions that involves both the triplet minima and singlet transition state (TS). Using the penalty method in qchem as well the method of ...
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Why has nature evolved to put a porphyrin (i.e. chlorophyll) as the chromophore in a leaf? [closed]

I'm stumped by this question: Why has nature evolved to put a porphyrin (i.e. chlorophyll) as the chromophore in a leaf? I've thought that it might have something to do with how sun emits light ...
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Further reading on photoconductivity of hemoglobin

I recently ran into this paper which describe experiments that confirm that hemoglobin is photoconductive. Finding this fact as incredible, I wanted to read up more on photoconductive properties of ...
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Why do aromatic compounds have an upfield shift upon coordination to metals?

Why do aromatic compounds have an upfield shift upon coordination to metals e.g. ferrocene? The 1H NMR shows a single environment at ~4.1 ppm. This is in contrast to the usual aromatic shift of ...
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Why doesn't Grignard reagent attack alkyl halides [duplicate]

When we add magnesium to alkyl halide, Grignard reagent is formed. $$\ce{R-X + Mg -> RMgX } $$ It is highly nucleophilic in nature. Now at this time the electrophilic alkyl halide is also present ...
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How does 1-bromo-2-fluorobenzene react with lithium amalgam? [closed]

How does this organometallic reagent react with 1-bromo-2-fluorobenzene? Does it react like Grignard reagent? If the product of this reaction is then reacted with furan, what will be the final product?...
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On the stability of methyl mercury

Question: Given that $\ce{Zn, Hg}$ are in the same group, how to explain that $\ce{Hg(CH3)}$ is stable but $\ce{Zn(CH3)}$ is unstable and $\ce{Hg(CH3)Cl}$ is stable? $\ce{Hg(CH3)}$ seems to have an ...
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Will ferrocene undergo electrophilic aromatic substitution?

Ferrocene has two structure 1 and 2.It is bonded to an aromatic ion cyclopentadienyl anion.Aromatic species such as benzene , cyclopentadienyl anion undergo electrophilic aromtic substitutions. Then,...
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Can pi backdonation occur on non-metal centers?

The common example of back-donation is the interaction of a CO molecule with a metal center (d-orbitals) on a surface. Can a similar mechanism occur between CO and a non-metal center, like oxygen on ...
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Alkyl insertion with cobalt and CO

Reaction of $\ce{(Cp)Co(Me)2(CO)}$ in the presence of excess $\ce{CO}$ yields two different organic products, $\ce{A}$ and $\ce{B}.$ The only metal-containing product is $\ce{(Cp)Co(CO)2}.$ The IR ...
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How can organocuprates generated with catalytic Cu(I) be competitive in 1,4-addition to an enone?

Organocopper compounds (e.g. $\ce{LiCuR_2}$) are often prepared from an organolithium or Grignard reagent when a soften nucleophile is needed, such as for a conjugate addition to an $\alpha,\beta$-...
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Will lead bind to dissolved polymer (Kapton) monomers?

We are attempting to determine the concentration of lead impurities in Kapton. Essentially we need to extract lead in the tape polymer Kapton (structure seen below); The amount of lead in the tape is ...
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Electron-donating trends for ligands bound to metal complexes

Imagine an inorganic complex with a bunch of terminal ligands. All else the same, would $\ce{F-}$ or $\ce{Br-}$ ligands be more electron-donating and why? Of course, in terms of $\mathrm{p}K_{\mathrm{...
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Why do Organolithium or Grignard reagents act as nucleophiles and not as bases with aldehydes and ketones

I've read entire Chapter 14: Organometallic Compounds of Francis Carey's "Organic Chemistry" but I still didn't get an answer to my question. Quote from the book: Because of their basicity ...
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What's wrong with using tin in medicinal chemistry?

I just read this In the Pipeline post and I was slightly confused by a statement on the use of tin. Lowe reports on this paper, which describes a synthetic route to spiro heterocycles using tin ...
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N-heterocyclic carbene metal complexes. Question about the delocalization of the nitrogen lone pairs

I am wondering why nitrogen lone pairs are delocalized in NHC metal complexes. What I can think of is, when complex is formed, plus charge is formed on the carbon atom and therefore delocalization ...
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Grignard Reagent in THF vs in Diethyl ether

While learning about the Grignard reagent I was taught this by my teacher, but I couldn’t justify why it was so.. I cannot see how Grignard reagent would react differently in basically an ethereal ...
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Negative oxidation states of Si

According to List of oxidation states of the elements, silicon has a possible oxidation state of $-4$. Now, I've been looking everywhere for a compound that contains Si(-IV), but I cannot find any ...
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Mechanism of a Gold catalyzed organometallic reaction: Confusion regarding the last step

I needed to draw the reaction mechanism for this reaction: So, after consulting some literature I drew this mechanism: But, I am not sure about the last step. Does the $\ce{H+}$ just substitute the $...
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Coordination number of carbon in methyllithium tetramer

According to J. D. Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry, the coordination number of carbon in $\ce{Li4(CH3)4}$ is $7$. But the structure of the tetramer is Doesn't carbon have coordination number $6$ ...
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Is an alcohol-based spray cleaner ok for cleaning an aluminum heat exchanger?

Simple alcohols such as ethanol can, apparently, corrode aluminum. However, this corrosion reaction seems to be very slow at room temperature and below. Is an ethanol based, non-foaming spray cleaner, ...
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Why does LDA solution gradually turn dark brown?

LDA (lithium diisopropylamide) solution in THF/hexane gradually turns red-brown liquid. Especially commercially available one is extremely dark red-brown. What makes it brown? I've searched online ...
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Predicting bond-strength of metal carbonyls

The metal carbonyls (and similar organometallic compounds) involve a combination of sigma bond, a pi bond and backbonding. The bond strengths under consideration are the metal-carbon bond and the ...
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Reaction of grignard with beta Keto ester [closed]

A reaction takes place between $\ce {CH3COCH2COOC2H5}$ with 4-chlorophenyl magnesium bromide, followed by acidic work-up. What will be major product of the reaction? Would the product be the same as ...
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Reduction of alkyl halides to alkanes

For all the three parts, only methane has been given as the product in my textbook. In 1) and 2), according to the mechanism I wrote, I get both ethane and methane as products. I think both these ...
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Synthetic ferritin models and μ notation

This is the question verbatim: Details of two synthetic models of ferritin are presented below: System 1 $$\begin{multline}\ce{Fe(OAc)2 + LiOMe ->T[in presence of $\ce{O2}$][in MeOH]\\ ...
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How to calculate the magnetic exchange coupling in a charged radical complex?

I have a neutral complex with two magnetic centers. For this case it is easy to calculate the exchange coupling as the broken symmetry state is converged properly. But when I am making the complex ...
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What makes dimethylmercury ((CH3)2Hg) so penetrative through latex and human skin?

I've read the story of Karen Wetterhahn and how she was poisoned and died from two drops of dimethylmercury that accidentally fell on her latex glove, and I was wondering what is the chemical ...
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Is it possible to have a ferrocenol?

I'm specifically talking about having a hydroxy- group on the ferrocene ring. Is it simply impossible because the ring is anionic? I haven't seen any hydroxyferrocene molecules available online. (...
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Role of Cu in Corey-House synthesis

What does $\ce{Cu}$ do? And why do we need it? Can we not do $\mathrm{S_N}2$ without it? And is there any other metal that can help in this? Maybe something like $\ce{Ag}$? I'm guessing this because ...
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Selectivity in Suzuki coupling of 2,4-dichloropyrimidine

I've seen many papers (see e.g. Synthesis 2010, 16, 2721–2724) in which the 4-chloro group of 2,4-dichloropyrimidine is selectively reacted under Suzuki coupling conditions. Is there any way where ...
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Regioselectivity in Ziegler–Natta polymerisation of α-olefins

Why does the Ziegler–Natta polymerization display the regioselectivity shown in the image? Internal nucleophiles (coordinated to the metal) should attack the alkene on the less substituted end, like ...
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Why does magnesium prefer to insert into C–Br bonds over C–Cl bonds?

In the formation of a Grignard reagent from a compound possessing both bromine and chlorine, magnesium preferentially inserts into the C–Br bond over the C–Cl bond. For example, the formation of a ...
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How do we know cyclopentadienylmolybdenum tricarbonyl occurs as a dimer?

Cyclopentadienylmolybdenum tricarbonyl, $\ce{MoC8H5O3}$, dimerizes to form the cyclopentadienylmolybednum tricarbonyl dimer, $\ce{(MoC8H5O3)2}$. $\hspace{3cm}$ How was it discovered that it does ...
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Do Sodium Alkynides react with esters in the same way that Grignard reagents do?

We know that Sodium alkynides react with aldehydes and ketones like Grignard reagents. But do they behave the same way with esters?
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Reagents used to prepare organic ICP standards, from scratch

I am trying to figure our how I can make my own calibration standards for organic ICP analysis. I assume that I need organometallic compounds to mix with base-oil/mineral-oil to prep the standards, ...
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How can the solid state structure of cyclopentadienyllithium be explained?

In the solid state, LiCp adopts a polymeric multidecker structure where Li atoms are sandwiched between two Cp rings (shown in this diagram from Organometallics 1997, 16 (17), 3855–3858): If we ...
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How to name this quintuply-bonded chromium dimer?

Depicted below is a chromium compound with a metal–metal quintuple bond. It boasts two identical bridging ligands, derivatives of 1,3-diphenylbenzene. The aim of this question is to figure out the ...
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Mechanism of lithium-halogen exchange of primary alkyl iodide

On Clayden's page 190 this reaction is given for preparation of organometallics: What is the mechanism of this reaction? I expected the "almost carboanion" part of the $\ce{t-BuLi}$ to attack as a ...
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Relativistic effect: d-electrons in metallorganic complexes

With higher period the d-electrons of the metal are less strong bonded and therefore oxidative addition is easier for $\ce{Ir(I)}$ than for $\ce{Rh(I)}$ and much easier than for $\ce{Co(I)}$. For ...
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Terminal Alkyne in Suzuki Coupling

I've done a very similar reaction to the one below but by TLC I observe only starting materials. It's super clear that nothing else is going on. Conditions: K3PO4, Pd(dppf)Cl2, dioxane/water, heat to ...
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Why can't the reaction of grignard reagent with carboxylic acid give a ketone?

I understand that a Grignard reagent can act both as a base and a nucleophile. It acts as a base in the presence of a proton source (eg: alcohols, amine, water, etc). But when reacting with a ketone ...
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Dissociation rates: trans-effect rule in square planar complexes

In lecture, the trans-effect was described. A ligand $L^t$ with a higher trans-effect as $L$ (cis to $L^t$) leads to a faster dissociation of ligand $L^d$ (trans to $L^t$). I would expect that the ...