Organometallics and organometalloids are among the most widely used compounds in modern organic chemistry. With diverse laboratory applications ranging from homogenous catalysts to stoichiometric reagents, they continue to play a vital role in research and development.

Organometallic compounds are characterized by at least one bond between a carbon atom of an organic compound and a metal atom. Gilman reagents, ferrocene, diethylmagnesium, Grignard reagents, organolithium compounds, organozinc compounds, and organocopper compounds are some examples of organometallics. Organometalloids consist of at least one bond between carbon atoms and metalloids (or semimetals) such as boron, silicon, germanium, arsenic, antimony, and tellurium. Organoboranes and organosilanes are examples of organometalloids. These compounds are a diverse and versatile family of molecules which have a wide range of potential applications in many domains of life. Organometallic chemistry has produced many Nobel laureates. As the character of metal-carbon bonds lie between ionic and covalent, organometallics are both relatively stable in solutions and relatively ionic to undergo reactions, which make them important in industry.

An important laboratory application of organometallic compounds is their use in the formation of new carbon-carbon bonds. Due to the electropositive character of their metals, many organometallic compounds are highly reactive and are vital in many chemical syntheses. Grignard reagents, organozinc compounds, and other organometallics like organolithium, organoaluminum, and organotin reagents are suitable for a number of research applications.

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