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Organometallic Compounds

Volume One The Main Group Elements Part Two Groups IV and V


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Silicon, Germanium, Tin and Lead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xiii-xiii
    2. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 1-4
    3. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 5-130
    4. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 131-176
    5. Tin
      B. J. Aylett
      Pages 177-276
    6. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 277-312
    7. Back Matter
      Pages 313-384
  3. Arsenic, Antimony and Bismuth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 387-389
    3. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 390-446
    4. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 447-478
    5. B. J. Aylett
      Pages 479-489
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 490-507
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 508-521

About this book


A very large number of organo derivatives is formed by the Group IV ele­ ments silicon, germanium, tin, and lead. In comparing the general properties of these elements, Table 1. 1 shows that the first ionization energies decrease (though not in a regular way) with increase in size and atomic number, con­ sistent with the general increase in metallic character of the elements. Electro­ negativity values (which have been the subject of considerable controversy) show no clear trend. Although purely inorganic compounds of tin(n) and leaden) are well known, almost all organo Group IV derivatives show an oxidation state of IV. Bonds to carbon become weaker on passing from silicon to lead, as do the element-element bonds themselves. With any particular element M (M = Si, Ge, Sn, or Pb), there is a small decrease in bond energy in the order: M-Ph > M - Me > M - Et. Although accurate data for organo derivatives are lacking, strengths of bonds to other elements probably decrease in the order: M-F> M-O > M-CI > M-H ~ M-N ~ M-S ~ M-Br > M-I, while for a particular element X, the order is: Si-X > Ge-X > Sn-X > Pb-X. It is therefore understandable that reactions leading to Si-F, Si-O, or Si-CI bonds are especially favoured in a thermodynamic sense.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Westfield CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Organometallic Compounds
  • Book Subtitle Volume One The Main Group Elements Part Two Groups IV and V
  • Authors B. J. Aylett
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-412-13020-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-5731-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5729-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 522
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, multidisciplinary
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