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The element tin does what carbon will not

New bonding suggests scientists may need to rethink heavy metal chemistry

4:17pm, September 24, 2009

Just because carbon jumps off a bridge, doesn’t mean that tin will too. Scientists have conducted a simple experiment that attaches a simple hydrocarbon to triple-bonded tin atoms, violating a well-established set of organic chemistry rules. The finding suggests that heavier elements don’t behave the same way as carbon, researchers report in the Sept. 25 Science.

In the new work, tin atoms bonded to ethylene, a small molecule consisting of two carbon and four hydrogen atoms. Tin should, in principle, be chemically similar to carbon, but carbon does not undergo the same reaction.

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