Reactive metal-organics embracing the rare earth and alkaline earth metals

  • Junk, Peter C. (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Deacon, Glen (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Jaroschik, Florian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Anwander, Reiner (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Highly reactive rare earth/lanthanoid and heavy alkaline earth (Ca, Sr, Ba) organometallic and metal-organic
compounds, are to be prepared, especially from the metals, and their structures and reactions studied. The target
systems include pseudo-Grignard reagents Ln(Ae)R(X) including the rare fluorides, intermediates from use of
lanthanoid reagents in organic synthesis, compounds in unusual high oxidation states, complexes primed for C-F
activation, and Ln(Ae)/Al bimetallics as isoprene polymerisation catalysts. The studies provide a knowledge base
and expertise for the utilisation of Australia's abundant rare earth and Ca resources in chemical manufacture,
catalysis, and recycling, and will transform the current behaviour of the elements.
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/18


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$100,000.00