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MI1. Insertion

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  • MI1. Introduction

    Figure MI1.2. A general 1,2-insertion of an alkene.

    Note that, in transition metal chemistry, formalisms are often used differently than in simple main group compounds involving carbon, oxygen and nitrogen..

    • Sometimes, formal charges are not shown.

    • Non-bonding electrons on metals are rarely shown.

    Structures are often complicated enough that it becomes difficult to draw all the non-bonding electrons and formal charges and still have a clear picture. People who work in this area will keep count of electrons in their head, although they will frequently jot down the electron count on the metal beside the structure in order to keep track.