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Tin: Organometallic Chemistry

  1. James L. Wardell,
  2. Gavin M. Spencer

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia245

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Wardell, J. L. and Spencer, G. M. 2006. Tin: Organometallic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


Frankland produced the first organometallic tin compound, Et2SnI2, in 1849. Since that time a wide range of tin compounds containing Sn[BOND]C bonds have been prepared. This article will detail the synthesis and characterization of these compounds. This will include a description of tetraorganotin compounds, halides, pseudohalides, hydrides, tin-tin bonded compounds, radicals, group 15, and group 16 derivatives. The industrial and environmental aspects of these compounds will also be discussed.


  • synthesis;
  • structure;
  • industrial;
  • biological;
  • environmental