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Cadmium: Organometallic Chemistry

  1. Niladri Narayan Gupta,
  2. David A. Atwood

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia031

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Gupta, N. N. and Atwood, D. A. 2006. Cadmium: Organometallic Chemistry . Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


As a large, soft, heavy element, the chemistry of cadmium is marked by relatively weak bonding to carbon and other more electronegative atoms. Organocadmium compounds thus demonstrate diverse reaction chemistry. Furthermore, the large size and low valency of cadmium leads to interesting aggregated compounds. The reactivity and structural importance of organocadmium compounds and applications in solid-state chemistry is offset by their high toxicity.


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