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Mercury: Organometallic Chemistry

  1. Daniela Rais1,
  2. Ramón Vilar2,3

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia132

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Rais, D. and Vilar, R. 2006. Mercury: Organometallic Chemistry . Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

  2. 2

    Institució Catalana de la Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain

  3. 3

    Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


Over the past 10 years, a wide range of new organomercury compounds have been prepared and their reactivity extensively studied, leading to interesting applications in organic synthesis. The solvomercuration of alkenes is still the most widely employed organometallic reaction of mercury, although there have been important advances in the use of the mercury-mediated ring opening of cyclopropanes. Several structural investigations of organomercurials have been recently carried out providing detailed information on the connectivity of a wide range of mono- and polymercuric complexes. In this article, an overview of the most important advances on the organometallic chemistry of mercury between 1993 and 2003 will be provided.


  • organometallic compounds;
  • solvomercuration;
  • transmetallation;
  • permercuration;
  • carbonylation;
  • cross-coupling;
  • mercuriophilic interactions