Structural Chemistry of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Metals

Wai-Kee Li, Gong-Du Zhou and Thomas Chung Wai Mak

in Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216949
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711992 | DOI:

Series: International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography

 Structural Chemistry of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Metals

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This chapter covers the structural chemistry of Groups 1 and 2 elements, except hydrogen. For Group 1 metals, special attention is paid to the oxides, lithium nitride, inorganic alkali metal complexes, methyllithium compounds, π-complexes of lithium, sodium and potassium, alkalides and electrides, etc. For the Group 2 metals, the coverage includes their complexes, nitrides, low-valent oxides and nitrides, polymeric chains, Grignard reagents, metallocenes, etc. The chapter concludes with a section on the alkali and alkaline-earth metal complexes with inverse crown structures.

Keywords: alkali metal complexes; alkalides; alkali-earth metallocenes; electrides; Grignard reagents; inverse crown compounds; lithium complexes; low-valent oxides and nitrides; π complexes of sodium; π complexes of potassium

Chapter.  9967 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Crystallography

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