Date of Award

Spring 1993

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

Transition metal olefin complexes have been known for several decades but have only recently become extensively utilized in organic synthesis. Transition metal diene complexes have been found to protect the olefinic functionality as well, as direct the stereochemical outcome of certain bond forming reactions. Although there have been numerous investigations into the reactivity of cationic iron tricarbonyl diene complexes with various nucleophiles, there appears to be a lack of information on the reaction of anionic complexes with electrophiles. The formation of a stabilized anion adjacent to an acyclic iron tricarbonyl diene complex and whether such a species will react with various electrophiles with any stereospecificity, needs to be addressed.

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