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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganometallic Chemistry
EditorsIan J S Fairlamb, Jason M Lynam
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781849732802
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • synergistic effects
  • activation
  • small molecules
  • s-block element

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