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Metal Amide Chemistry



Metal Amide Chemistry

Michael Lappert, Andrey Protchenko, Philip P. Power, Alexandra Seeber

ISBN: 978-0-470-74037-8 December 2008 370 Pages

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Written by internationally recognised leaders in the field, Metal Amide Chemistry is the authoritative survey of this important class of compounds, the first since Lappert and Power’s 1980 book “Metal and Metalloid Amides.”

An introduction to the topic is followed by in-depth discussions of the amide compounds of:

  • alkali metals
  • alkaline earth metals
  • zinc, cadmium and mercury
  • the transition metals
  • group 3 and lanthanide metals
  • group 13 metals
  • silicon and the group 14 metals
  • group 15 metals
  • the actinide metals

Accompanied by a substantial bibliography, this is an essential guide for researchers and advanced students in academia and research working in synthetic organometallic, organic and inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry and catalysis.



1. Introduction.

1.1. Scope and Organisation of Subject Matter.

1.2. Developments and Perspectives.

2. Alkali Metal Amides.

2.1. Introduction.

2.2. Lithium Amides.

2.3. Sodium Amides.

2.4. Potassium Amides.

2.5. Rubidium Amides.

2.6. Caesium Amides.

3. Beryllium and the Alkaline Earth Metal Amides.

3.1. Introduction.

3.2. Beryllium Amides.

3.3. Magnesium Amides.

3.4. Calcium Amides.

3.5. Strontium Amides.

3.6. Barium Amides.

4. Amides of the Group 3 Lanthanide Metals.

4.1. Introduction.

4.2. The Pre-1996 Literature: Anwander's Review.

4.3. The Recent (Post-1995) Literature.        

5. Amides of the Actinide Metals.

5.1. Introduction

5.2.Neutral Amidouranium (IV) and Thorium (IV) Complexes.

5.3. Neutral UIII  Amides.

5.4. Neutral Mixed Valence (UIII/UIV), UII UV and UVI Amides.

5.5. Amidouranates.

5.6. Amidouranium Tetraphenylborates.

6. Amides of the Transition Metals.

6.1. Introduction.

6.2. Transition Metal Derivatives of Monodentate Amides.

6.3. Transition Metal Complexes of Polydentate Amido Ligands.

6.4. Other Chelating Amido Ligands.

7. Amides of Zinc, Cadmium and Mercury.

7.1. Introduction.

7.2. Neutral Homoleptic Zinc, Cadmium and Mercury Amides.

7.3. Ionic Metal Amides.

7.4. Lewis Base Complexes, Chelated Metal Amides and Heteroleptic Amido Complexes.

8. Amides of the Group 13 Metals.

8.1. Introduction.

8.2. Aluminum Amides.

8.3. Gallium Amides.

8.4. Indium Amides.

8.5. Thallium Amides.

9. Subvalent Amides of Silicon and the Group 14 Metals.

9.1. Introduction.

9.2. Subvalent Amidosilicon Compounds.

9.3. Amidometal(II) Chemistry [Ge(II), Sn(II), Pb(II)].

9.4. Dimeric Metal(III) Imides: Biradicaloid Compounds.

9.5. Higher-Nuclearity Group 14 Metalloid Clusters having Amido Ligands.

10. Amides of the Group 15 Metals (As, Sb, Bi).

10.1. Introduction.

10.2. Mononuclear Group 15 Metal (III) Amides.

10.3. Oligomeric Group 15 Metal Imides.

10.4. Mononuclear Group 15 Metal (V) Amides.

10.5. Group 15 Metal (III) Macrocyclic Imides.

10.6. Miscellaneous Group 15 Metal-Nitrogen Compounds.


"This book is a very timely summary of the metal amide chemistry that has surfaced over the past three decades ... .An indisputable success: I can recommend this book to all colleagues and students who are actively pursuing research in the fields of coordination, organic, and inorganic chemistry." (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, February 2010)