Mechanisms of Thermal Decomposition of Transition Metal Organometallic Compounds

  • George M. Whitesides


Transition metal alkyls are intermediates in a variety of catalytic processes. These intermediate metal alkyls are often thermally unstable: in fact, their thermal instability -- that is, their propensity to transform into different compounds rapidly and in high yield at low temperature -- is frequently the characteristic that makes them catalytically important. Knowledge of the detailed mechanisms of these thermal decompositions is important both in the rational application of known catalytic reactions, and in the development of new ones.


Thermal Decomposition Metal Hydride Organometallic Compound Reductive Elimination Metal Alkyl 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George M. Whitesides
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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