Title

The Stepwise Alkylation of an Ester by the Grignard Method

Publication Year

1957

Keywords

Chemistry, stepwise alkylation, ester, grignard method

Disciplines

Chemistry | Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Abstract

In 1849, Frankland prepared the first organometallic compound. He was seeking to produce the free ethyl radical from ethyl iodide by using zinc to remove the iodine. Instead of the free radical he produced diethyl zinc.

2 C2H5I + 2 Zn --> (C2H5)2Zn + ZnI2

His further investigations with these organometallic compounds laid the ground work for the later advances in this field.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Chemistry

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