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Actinides: Organometallic Chemistry

  1. Carol J. Burns,
  2. David L. Clark,
  3. Alfred P. Sattelberger

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia002

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Burns, C. J., Clark, D. L. and Sattelberger, A. P. 2006. Actinides: Organometallic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


An actinide organometallic complex is one containing an actinide-carbon π-bond, an actinide-carbon σ-bond, or a combination of both. Actinide organometallic complexes are known for the actinide (An) elements from thorium through californium; the vast majority of the reports on organoactinide compounds, however, deal with thorium and uranium. The latter elements have isotopes, for example, thorium-232 (t1/2 = 1.41 × 1010 years) and uranium-238 (t1/2 = 4.468 × 109 years), with extremely long half-lives. Modern organoactinide chemistry is characterized by the existence not only of actinide analogs to many classes of d transition metal complexes, but increasingly common reports of compounds and types of reactions unique to the actinide series.


  • actinide;
  • hydrocarbyl ligands;
  • carbocyclic ligands;
  • fullerenes;
  • hydride ligands;
  • phosphoylides;
  • uranocene;
  • migratory insertion;
  • π-back bonding, surface chemistry;
  • electronic structure calculations