Reactions of Metal π-Complexes

  • Minoru Tsutsui
  • Morris N. Levy
  • Akira Nakamura
  • Mitsuo Ichikawa
  • Kan Mori


Metal π-complexes are susceptible to a wide range of chemical reagents. However, the three major groups of metal π-complexes—π-olefin, π-cyclopentadienyl, and π-arene metal—demonstrate distinctly characteristic reactions. π-Cyclopentadienyl complexes (metallocenes) exhibit a high degree of aromaticity and undergo many typical aromatic substitution reactions. The π-arene complexes, on the other hand, do not exhibit a discernible degree of aromaticity. This comparative behavior invites diverse speculation on the exact nature of the π-complex bond. The reactions of most π-olefin complexes often parallel those of uncomplexed olefins. Differing behavior is generally explained on the basis of the strength and stability of the metal-olefin bond, which resists attack.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minoru Tsutsui
    • 1
  • Morris N. Levy
    • 2
  • Akira Nakamura
    • 3
  • Mitsuo Ichikawa
    • 4
  • Kan Mori
    • 5
  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Chemical and Solvent DistillersAstoriaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Synthetic ChemistryOsaka UniversityToyonaka City, OsakaJapan
  4. 4.Research LaboratoriesJapan Synthetic Rubber CompanyKawasaki CityJapan
  5. 5.Basic Research DivisionJapan Synthetic Rubber CompanyKawasaki CityJapan

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