To succeed in this topic, you need to:

  • Be familiar with organic reaction mechanisms and reactions: using partial charges and curly arrows.
  • Be familiar with coordinate-dative covalent bonding of ligands to metal ions.
  • Be aware that metals are electropositive and are typically good reducing agents.

After working through this Chemistry Factsheet, you will:

  • Be able to define organometallic compounds and describe the different bond types between metal and carbon atoms.
  • To be able to outline the properties observed in organometallic compounds, including the reactivity of the metal–carbon bond.
  • Be able to describes organometallic compounds used in organic synthesis, including organolithium compounds and organomagnesium compounds.
  • Be able to provides examples of other applications of organometallic compounds, such as their use as catalysts in polymerisation processes.
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January 2023


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