In connection with studies concerned with the mechanism of reactions and the proof of structure, insofar as such work involves organometallic compounds, it is necessary to determine specifically the mode of attachment of the metal to such polyvalent elements as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur. For this reason, experiments are in progress on organobarium and organostrontium halides, as well as organomagnesium halides where the metal is attached particularly to sulfur and to oxygen. Because the polar nature of organometallic compounds makes them of such promise in the electronic interpretation of reactions, a quantitative study is being made of the reaction with substituted ethylenic compounds. Preliminary results of this work indicate that no addition takes place. A study is also in progress of the reaction of organometallic compounds with positive and negative halogens. In studies on the mechanism of reduction by Grignard reagents, preliminary experiments show that magnesium halogen hybrides are not formed by catalytic reduction of organomagnesium halides.
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Parker, H. H.; Schulze, F.; King, W. B.; Peterson, J. M.; and Gilman, H.
"Some Recent Studies Concerning Organometallic Compounds,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 31(1), 286-287.
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