Date of Award

Summer 1983

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Wilkie, Charles A.

Second Advisor

McKinney, Michael A.

Third Advisor

Cremer, Sheldon E.


Tetracarbonyl iron (II) has been synthesized in the form of disodium and dipotassium salts and their unique advantages when employed in organic reactions have been studied. This thesis is concerned with the preparation of a new compound, dilithiurn tetracarbonyl iron (II) (Li 2 Fe (CO) 4 ), and the application of this salt to some organic reactions as an in situ reagent. The preparation of Li2Fe (CO) 4 was conducted using an one-flask technique and it took 84 hours to complete. The properties of the product in THF had been studied by IR, UV/vis., 13c - NMR and AA . AA and UV- vis. results showed that the mononuclear iron complex with the expected formula, Li 2 Fe(C0) 4, was formed, while the IR and lJC-NMR data showed the stronger interaction between Li+ and Fe than other salts. The reaction between Li2Fe(CO) 4 and c 8H17Br at reflux gave 9% conversion of expected product, nonanal, from c8H17Br but a 60% of n-octane was formed in the same reaction. The mechanistic steps of this reaction was studied in the thesis. Reactions between Li2Fe(CO)4 and the acid chloride and 4-bromo-1-butene were studied seperately. Both reaction had higher yields than nonanal and were discussed in the thesis, too.